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Letter writing campaign calls for better mental health resources at UPEI

Health Sciences Building on UPEI campus, Charlottetown.
Health Sciences Building on UPEI campus, Charlottetown. - Submitted

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - UPEI’s student union wants more on-campus mental health resources and has started a letter writing campaign in the hopes of getting them.

Taya Nabuurs, vice-president academic and external, said UPEI students have been vocal about the need for innovative and robust mental health supports on campus.

“We want these powerful conversations to move beyond our campus so that government officials can understand just how many students care deeply about mental health and wellness,” she said.

From Feb. 6-8 the student union will be using the letter writing campaign to ask the provincial government for annual spending of $25 per student to support on-campus mental health and wellness resources.

Students can use a template the student union provides, write their own letter or send an email to their MLA, a cabinet minister or Premier Wade MacLauchlan.

The student union will have volunteers supervising letter-writing booths on campus during the campaign.

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