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Statement by the Alberta Students' Executive Council Chair Allannah Wrobel on Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation Grant
August 9th, 2016 – Edmonton, Alberta
Allannah Wrobel, Chair of the Alberta Students' Executive Council, made the following statement today regarding the Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation Grant:
“In 2013 the Alberta Students' Executive Council received $2 million in order to build mental health initiatives on campuses across Alberta. Since 2013 student-lead mental health initiatives have reached over 215,000 students at 17 post-secondary institutions across Alberta.
“Through the Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation Grant the Alberta Students' Executive Council has forged working relationships with nearly 1000 campus and community partners in order to provide mental health resources to students – over 800 campaigns and events, 60 services new to campuses, and training for hundreds of peer support students.
“These initiatives have facilitated the Alberta Students' Executive Council to work together with student leaders and address the challenges students face regarding mental health.
“We thank the Government of Alberta for their support of the Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation Grant and look forward to continuing to work together to provide solutions that bring crisis-intervention and mental health prevention and promotion to campus.”
For Immediate Release
Post-secondary education remains a priority in Budget 2016
April 2016 | Edmonton, Alberta— The Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC) commends the government for making post-secondary education a priority. In the current economic climate, we believe post-secondary education serves as a key proponent in the development of a sustainable, adaptive, and prosperous economy. The government’s commitment to the promised two-year tuition freeze demonstrates that predictability for students and their families is important. Kristen George, ASEC Chair adds “in a time when turmoil is ever present in the lives of Albertans, predictability for post-secondary education is something Albertans can count on in 2016 thanks to this government”.
The largest priority for students across Alberta this year was continued funding support for mental health in post-secondary. Our members have been clear and consistent that this funding support is integral to the success of our students. The one-year continuation of previous funding for mental health in Budget 2016 is a relief for students worried about the future of services and supports on campus. ASEC’s 14 member students’ association will share $600,000 that will continue to fund student-led initiatives through the Alberta Campus Mental Health and Innovation (ACMHI) fund. This funding will go towards meeting the needs of 105,000 students located across the province. Additional funding was awarded to five of Alberta’s universities in the amount of $3,000,000.
Going forward, ASEC will continue to advocate for mental health supports to be equitably distributed across Alberta’s student population, and looks forward to working with the Ministry of Advanced Education in pursuit of this goal. ASEC encourages the government to commit to a principle of funding equality in the future.
Additionally, the government’s financial commitment of 65 million dollars in grants in foundational learning will serve an instrumental role in assisting students overcome barriers that have hindered their ability to access adult learning opportunities in the past. “The successfulness of Alberta’s post secondary learners has been improved by this funding,” adds George, “it will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and amplify their ability to lead fulfilling lives”.
What We Do
The Alberta Students' Executive Council (ASEC) is a provincial advocacy organization representing the interests of more than 105,000 students. We are a place where students learn, lead and work together to create solutions for Alberta’s post-secondary sector.