Our university community is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students. This tragedy leaves our campus in mourning, and we offer our deepest sympathies to the student’s family and friends.
We know this is a very difficult time and we take to heart the concerns we’ve heard from our campus community. We thank those who have shared their views with us, including through a petition on the subject of mental health supports on campus.
While the university has significantly increased its focus on student mental health services over the past few years, we know more can be done to increase the awareness and effectiveness of these services so that those who need help can get it.
The University of Waterloo is not alone in facing mental health challenges, and will continue to reach out to other institutions, experts and students to seek further input and advice on these matters.
We encourage anyone who needs support with a mental health issue to seek help, whether it be counselling, support groups or the post-secondary student helpline, Good2Talk, which is available 24/7.
President and vice-chancellor
University of Waterloo