Eli Ridder | Report

After leading a delegation of students into a meeting with a vice provost over mental health issues earlier this week, Victoria Raymond said on Thursday that her aim is to establish a two day fall break at the University of Guelph, a move that could take a few years.

She tweeted shortly before 11 a.m. that the main goal of the Tuesday meeting was to institute “a fall break within the next year or two that is at least two days long.

“I think we can all agree 2 days, if strategically placed, won’t disrupt the semester too much.”

Raymond, who posted a viral tweet last week criticizing mental health supports at Guelph, admitted in her Twitter chain that “it’s harder to find fast solutions for things that are institutional, systematic, require a larger budget etc”.

“Don’t get me wrong, that’s a fight, but it takes longer. a fall break is something YOU, the students, can easily decide on [and] it’s something we desperately need,” she said.

A fall reading week has been considered in the past by the Guelph administration.

Following the tweet that went viral, Guelph’s Vice Provost of Student Affairs Carrie Chassels meet with Raymond and her peers in an attempt to find solutions on Tuesday.

Chassels Meeting: Read More

Raymond said her and three other students had a “constructive talk” with Ms. Chassels, a discussion the vice provost said lasted two hours.

The group put forward suggestions, including the idea to “provide a longer fall break, to increase awareness of services available on campus, and to make mental health education and training modules available to students both in person and online.”

The University is Guelph followed up with a statement that signed appreciation to Raymond and her peers stepping forward and detailed the mental health supports already in place.

“The university appreciates the input of our students and having heard from them, we will now move ahead and take action,” communications director Lori Bona Hunt told The Avro Post in an email Wednesday.

The University of Guelph’s mental health portal has an extensive amount of recourses for students to access via the Counselling Services homepage, with options for students to take in a variety of circumstances.

The university’s response came after The Avro Post published the accounts of several current students who detailed their experience with the mental health supports on campus.

Students Detail Experience: Read More

Students at the University of Guelph-Humber rely on the services provided by Humber College’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, but it is not clear how the two campuses compare for mental health care.


Image of the University of Guelph from previous files.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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