SHS fails to provide counselling to students

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

To the Editor:
In February, I called Student Health Services to make an appointment, not for an annual check-up, but for counselling. Never having been to a “counsellor” before, I was very nervous and apprehensive to make the call, but when my academics started slipping, I knew I had to be proactive.

Upon calling I was told no appointments were available until May, aptly in the denouement of exam stress. This is ridiculous. For a school claiming to understand psychological needs are fundamental to academic success, Western fails to deliver actual guidance when students pick up the courage to ask.

On Student Health’s behalf, the receptionist did offer the name of two counselling physicians not affiliated with the university and recommended calling everyday for cancellations, but this cost and inconvenience were just enough of an excuse for this already apprehensive patient-to-be to give up, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Let’s make help readily available, not exasperating.
Science II

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