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Yale is protesting abysmal mental health services offered for students including long wait times to see a specialist. Perhaps UW should do the sane.

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  1. why does counseling services close at 4:30? all that money they are putting into building more engineering buildings, you'd only need a small fraction of it to hire more counselors to extend counseling services' hours until like 8 pm (and thus reduce wait times by a lot)

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    1. Unless I'm mistaken, this is because Needles Hall (where Counselling Services is located) closes at 4:30.

      That said, even if they could keep the satellite locations going until 8pm, that'd be a big step up. This is a good idea, and you should e-mail one of the Feds Execs or one of the student senators asking them to push for this.

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    2. What's wrong with mental health services ?

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  2. We're a university, not a hospital. Have an issue where you need to see a specialist soon? Go to a hospital.

    As a side note, this will also make you realize that these problems exist at real hospitals too, is a problem with Canadian healthcare in general, and "protesting" by being fucking cry babies about it won't do shit.

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    1. Well protesting can, if effective (which requires tiring the other side out, rather than getting tired of protesting yourself), result in a resource allocation switch, so that there are more appointments available. This would also work with Canadian healthcare in general if people were more willing to take collective action.

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    2. You're being a little uncharitable, 2. It's true that protesting doesn't solve anything, but it can draw attention to problems that the people in charge might not otherwise be aware of. It's a form of 'forced feedback' provided when conventional channels for collecting feedback aren't getting the job done.

      That still isn't a guarantee that anything will change, of course. But it does put pressure on some of the right people to try and formulate policy solutions - and for that alone I think it can't be written off.

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  3. I agree, the key to solving mental health issues is doing the sane

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  4. Lol. These fucking left wing hive minds. The only thing worse is berkely.

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  5. No. If you want shorter wait times people should deal with their shit and stop using "mental health issues" as a crutch.

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    1. i Lov this post

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    2. Somebody who has clearly never had depression, or needed anxiety meds, or been suicidal, or had relatives around his/her age develop schizophrenia, or... (this list goes on for a while). Mental health problems are real, and they often need professional assistance just like any other health issue.

      I won't deny that there are people who need counsellors a lot less than others, and that many of those people contribute massively to the long wait for counsellors, but just saying "people should deal with their shit" devalues the reality of their experiences and emotions.

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    3. "Somebody who has clearly never had depression, or needed anxiety meds, or been suicidal, or had relatives around his/her age develop schizophrenia, or... (this list goes on for a while)."

      Unless you know 5 personally, I don't see how you can feel qualified to make this point; and I say this as someone who agrees with your overall point.

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    4. 5 here. A close friend of mine growing up was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She absolutely needed professional help and I advocate giving it to people like her. Having seen a real mental health problem is why I call bullshit on the crap my other friends go to mental health services for.

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  6. The irony of this post is that people register with UW for co-op. I didn't know a university's job was to pamper the pathetic by playing the role of a temp agency.

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    1. This comment makes basically no sense.

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  7. As someone who was in a similar situation several years ago with both Laurier and UW I hope this guy creates the awareness needed for change. But I also hope he's doing it to help others rather than just himself.

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