Articles by: Aidan Macnab

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‘Lucid’ state of mind: music and meditation

Seven years ago, Aaron Labbé was unable to go outside without being stricken with intense anxiety. He said he could not escape from an overwhelming sense of despair at how badly people treated each other. His condition led to a “major nervous breakdown resulting in heart arrhythmia,” he said. Now, along with other things he needs to do to maintain peace of mind, he meditates.

Labbé was living in Buffalo at the time he sought medical help. He had a long list of diagnoses, like borderline personality disorder, bipolar 1 disorder, panic anxiety disorder and substance abuse. He was prescribed 15 different medications until one was found to be effective.

by Aidan Macnab· · Features, Health
The wellness centre has been held up for a year but will be operational in the basement of the SCC in January, said RSU president Susanne Nyaga. (Photo by Aidan Macnab)

Wellness centre to open next semester

After a year-long delay, renovations that violated building codes and thousands of dollars paid by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), a mental health support centre will finally open next semester.

Former RSU president, Obaid Ullah, said that the current administration is accusing the previous one of fumbling with the renovations for political reasons. He said the code violations were due to the work not being completed, as he and former vice-president of student life, Harman Singh chose to pause the renovations in order to pay back students for the 6Fest debacle.

by Aidan Macnab· · Health, News, On Campus, students
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RSU trains staff to use naloxone after university decides not to

The RSU has equipped its equity service staff with naloxone kits after the Ryerson administration’s decision not to provide them to campus security personnel. Some equity staff have already been trained at the Sherbourne Health Centre to use the antidote for opiate overdoses. Others will undergo training soon, according to Camryn Harlick, the RSU’s vice-president of equity. “Ideally, we’re looking […]

by Aidan Macnab· · News, On Campus, students
Naloxone kits are available at pharmacies across Toronto to anyone with a valid Ontario health
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VIDEO: Accessing naloxone is simpler than you’d think

Video was made by Linsey Raschkowan and Kayla Douglas     Picking up the antidote to a life-threatening illegal narcotic might seem like an intimidating task, but in reality, it’s as easy as picking up any other prescription in Ontario pharmacies. Accessing naloxone, the antidote used in fentanyl and other opioid-related overdoses, is more important than ever on a university […]

by Aidan Macnab· · Health, How to, News, Off Campus, On Campus, Videos
Vantage Arts Festival

Vantage Arts Festival

In a showcase of Ryerson student artists, the Vantage Arts Festival brought together a variety of work with a focus on the interactive. The festival was a collaboration between the RSU and 10 Dundas East. The event, which took place on Thursday, featured art exhibits ranging from photography, documentary film and painting, to meditation, graffiti and live music. Audience involvement […]

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