SFUO Statement on Mental Health Services on Campus

March 17, 2017

OTTAWA – In light of the recent tragedy that happened on our campus on Tuesday March 14th, where a student took their own life, the SFUO wishes to extend our most sincere condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of those affected. The struggle for adequate mental health services on campus is an ongoing issue and we urge our University’s administration to do better. Each year, students are faced with more and more barriers to accessing adequate mental health services. This must change, and we encourage students on our campus to put pressure on our administration to see that this change is made.

While there is still much to be done to improve our services, we remain devoted to supporting students who might be facing situations of mental health crises. For those who require on-campus support, the University of Ottawa’s Counseling and Coaching services are open Monday to Friday, between 8:45am and 4:30pm. The SFUO’s Pride Centre, Women’s Resource Centre, Centre for Students with Disabilities, and the Peer Help Centre are also equipped with employees trained in active listening, offering a confidential person to talk to in hard and stressful times.

For 24/7 service and support, please contact the Ottawa Distress Centre at (613) 238-3311 or Crisis Line Ottawa at (613) 722-6914. In the case of an immediate crisis or incident on campus, please contact the University’s Protection Service at (613) 562-5411.

In solidarity,

The SFUO Executive


For more information:

Francesco MacAllister-Caruso
Vice-President, Services and Communications
(613) 562-5800 ext. 4072 (office) or vp.communications@sfuo.ca (email)