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Casandra Fulwood, co-ordinator of the Racialised Students' Collective. (Photo by Milca Kuflu)

Mental health services need more diversity

Ryerson’s Health and Wellness Centre has been a vital resource for students battling mental health issues, but its lack of diversity has many students of colour feeling left behind.

The hued racial composition on campus is hard to miss. Walk along Gould Street on a busy afternoon and you’ll see a true reflection of Toronto’s fast-growing ethno-cultural community, which now makes up almost half of the city’s population.

by Milca Kuflu· · Health, News, On Campus
Jessica Pryzdial, an executive for the Ryerson Public Health Outreach Group with the group’s poster. (Photo by Mah Noor Mubarik)

Public health outreach group comes to Ryerson

A new Ryerson group on campus is gearing up to raise awareness about public health issues.

The Ryerson Public Health Outreach Group aims to discuss topics including STI prevention, food safety, vaccination, diseases and more.

by Mah-Noor Mubarik· · Arts & Life, Health
Lillian Greenblatt  (Ryersonian Archive)

VIDEO: What I wish my professor knew

Today is World Mental Health Day.

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, one in five people are living with mental health issues or illness. Students spend a significant amount of time in the classroom, a space that can either address these issues or significantly contribute to them. 

by Ryersonian Staff· · Health, Opinion
Apps every student should have

Apps every student should have

You spend most of your time on that little digital device that always seems to be no more than three inches away from you. Yes, your smart phone. You might be accustomed to using it for music, texting, random Google searches and of course, social media. But there are a few apps you may or may not have heard of that could make your life easier. The following list is broken down into four categories: food, transit, school and life.

Feel better with the mental health benefits of fitness

Feel better with the mental health benefits of fitness

Staying fit and keeping active isn’t just about keeping your body healthy. Regular physical activity is an integral part of a student’s well-being. Exercise is definitively linked to good mental health.

Some Ryerson students, however, are neglecting the mental health benefits of exercise when they need it most: exam season.

by Michael D'Alimonte· · Features, Health
Photo by Maggie Macintosh

Utilities, Wi-Fi and trauma: Rye students and grads open up about the health costs of living downtown

Cardboard cutouts plastered with packing tape line the apartment’s teal baseboard vents where they meet the dirty linoleum. While they appear to be holding something together, resident Clara Purdy said the cardboard is there to keep something out: unwanted houseguests.

“I don’t like hearing the mice run in the walls,” said the fourth-year Ryerson fashion communications student. “It still bugs me, even after four years.”

by Maggie Macintosh· · Features, Health
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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
(Sophie Armstrong)

VOICES: Caring for someone with depression

Picture this: 11 weeks stuck in your bedroom after a complicated five-hour ankle surgery. Two metal rods and 20 screws later, you cannot walk. You just hop on your right foot to the bathroom, then back to bed. At the same time, the incessant banging of your major home renovation goes on all day long. Meals are brought to you in bed. You have to ask every time you want something, even just a glass of water.

How are you feeling? Trapped, secluded, isolated.  To sum it up in one word: depressed.

by Sophie Armstrong· · Health, Opinion, Voices
(Ryersonian file photo)

UPDATED: Digital counselling for students approved during RSU meeting

Ryerson students may be getting more services in their health and dental plan, if a new digital counselling service, myWellness, is approved.

Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) vice-president operations Ali Yousaf put forward a motion at the Sept. 21 Board of Directors (BoD) meeting. The motion proposes for the RSU to provide a digital counselling platform through myWellness for students suffering from mental illnesses.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Health, News, On Campus
Naloxone kits are available at pharmacies across Toronto to anyone with a valid Ontario health
card. (Kayla Douglas/Linsey Raschkowan/Ryersonian)

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
How to be cheap in Toronto

How to be cheap in Toronto

  Whether you live on- or off-campus, every student should try to find ways to save money while going to school. If you live on-campus, chances are you can cut the cost of your living expenses with a meal plan, the nearby campus store and having roommates willing to split the costs of household items. If you live off-campus, things […]

Pot to be sold online, in stores next July

Pot to be sold online, in stores next July

With legalization slated for July 2018, the Ontario government announced plans to sell cannabis online and in 40 stores. By 2020, there will be 150 stores across the province. The minimum age has been set at 19. “Our aim from the start has been to protect youth, promote health and road safety, focus on prevention and harm reduction, and eliminate […]

Some of the sheets of paper with questions pertaining to death written on them, that were passed out to participants. (Emily Srebotnjak/Ryersonian Staff)

Death café makes a killer impression on Ryerson students

Ryerson held its first ever death café last Thursday evening. The event drew in people from a range of programs and aimed to erase the unease that often comes with talking about the end of life.

by Emily Srebotnjak· · Arts & Life, Health, On Campus
It took over a decade to make portions of Gould Street car-free (Kevin John Siazon)

UPDATED: Fourth case of mumps appears on campus

There is now a fourth confirmed case of mumps at Ryerson.

by Brooklyn Pinheiro· · Health, News, On Campus, students
Riley lifting weights in his room before heading to the gym for a full workout. (Julia Ho/Ryersonian Staff)

The journey to health, fitness and … the drug dealer

With social media at play, there has been an influx of health-inspired young adults ready to show off their toned abs and vegan lunch. It is many of these same individuals that are doing hard drugs recreationally. How did these two paths converge?

by Julia Ho· · Features, Health
Eckart Schnabel, left, from Germany’s National Association of Health and Care Insurance Funds in Berlin, joined by other guest speakers featured on Thursday's panel. (Justin Bellmore/Ryersonian Staff)

The fight against dementia is developing a new weapon

Liberal MP visits Ryerson to promote national strategy for Alzheimer’s and dementia.

by Justin Bellmore· · Health, News, On Campus
Diana Brecher at the Ryerson school of journalism's teach-in on Tuesday. (Chris Blanchette/Ryersonian Staff)

Journalism students learn about self-care

Psychology professor Diana Brecher led a discussion on resilience, grit and optimism.

by Brooklyn Pinheiro· · Health, Media, News, On Campus
Students support mental health awareness through buckets

Students support mental health awareness through buckets

SMASH runs bucket beats event in SLC to promote well-being on campus.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Health, Music, News, On Campus, Videos
Things to do this weekend (Dec. 2-4)

Things to do this weekend (Dec. 2-4)

It’s finally December! What better way to welcome the holiday season then by going out an exploring the wonderful events happening in the city. 1.Treasure Island Treasure Island opens tonight! You can still pick up your tickets at our box office at 345 Yonge St. or online at ryersontreasureisland.bpt.me . . . . #TreasureIsland #RUPerformance #Ryerson #Aaarryouready #RUTreasureIsland #RyersonPirates #Performance345 A photo […]

Tea party with the Beverage Enthusiast Society

Tea party with the Beverage Enthusiast Society

Just in time for the cold weather….there’s a new student group that wants to make you a nice cup of tea. It’s called the Beverage Enthusiasts’ Society! The president, Anoop Dhillon came to the newsroom this morning to do the same for us. He made a pot for our reporter Esther Lee.

Alyssa Bertram at her pop-up shop at Studio67. (Kelsey Adams)

Ryerson alumna sets out to make periods easy

Easy is not a word typically associated with menstruation. Ryerson alumni Alyssa Bertram is out to change that. Bertram, a  graduate of the psychology program launched her company easy. in June. It’s a subscription service that delivers organic feminine hygiene products and fair trade chocolate bars to clients every three months. Bertram hated the inconvenience of buying tampons at the […]

by Kelsey Adams· · Arts & Life, Health
(Ryersonian archive)

Movember: more than ‘staches

With the abundance of moustaches and beards around the city, surely people must know that Movember is upon us. Every year when November rolls around you see a lot of people having fun with the campaign, trying (and maybe failing) to grow handlebars or a Monopoly man ʼstache. But sometimes you can’t help but wonder if they have raised any […]

by Hailey Salvian· · Guest Opinion, Health, Opinion
#RUKind initiative wraps up 5 days of giveaways

#RUKind initiative wraps up 5 days of giveaways

In honour of World Kindness Day on Nov.13, Ryerson Student Life wrapped up their #RUKind campaign on Nov.18 which included 5 days of prize giveaways to students along with on campus activities to inspire kindness. The campaign began in 2014 through a social media campaign as a way to celebrate World Kindness day, where students were encouraged to share their stories of […]

Tibet weeks sand mandala: a closer look

Tibet weeks sand mandala: a closer look

Ryersonian’s Catherine Machado takes a closer look at the meaning behind the mandala. The sand mandala was featured in the SLC for Ryerson’s first Tibet Week created by Students for a Free Tibet.    For more on Ryerson’s first Tibet Week, take a look at Bringing Tibetan culture to Ryerson by Esther Lee.

Volunteers at the Ryerson Good Food Centre: Zennia Seneres, Renee Labrido and Evan Tang. (Samraweet Yohannes)

Students still struggling to fill their plates

Ryerson students are still stuck choosing between tuition and groceries, according to the Good Food Centre, which saw over 150 new members this year. On Thursday, the centre, which used to be known as the Community Food Room, released its annual hunger report for the 2014-15 school year. Increase in members and visits This year it found an increase in the number […]

Food insecurity on campus and mental health

Food insecurity on campus and mental health

Reporter Alex Tsui takes a look at food insecurity at post-secondary schools and its link to mental health. 

Testing for osteoperosis has just gotten easier... all you need is a nail clipping. (Courtesy iStock)

Rye prof nails new test kit for bone disease

A Ryerson professor has invented an at-home test kit that uses toe and fingernail clippings to assess the risk for osteoporosis. Mark Towler, a biomedical engineering professor who was recruited to Ryerson for his research, originally came up with the idea 10 years ago in the U.K., and on Oct. 9 the Osentia test kit went on sale in the […]

RTA grads take VIABLE to Orlando Film Festival

RTA grads take VIABLE to Orlando Film Festival

  What initially started as a course practicum has recently taken a team of RTA grads beyond the classroom and onto the big screen at the Orlando Film Festival. “This particular story was an important one to tell because it’s a personal story about multiple sclerosis,” says Mary Gyulay, director, co-writer, and inspiration behind the film VIABLE. “It meant a […]

by Selena Singh· · Arts & Life, Film & Television, Health
(Amira Zubairi)

From the stage to the camera

A Ryerson dance graduate is taking her first step back into the dance world after suffering from a brain injury. Only this time, instead of being up on stage, she’ll be behind a camera. Miranda Forbes, who graduated from Ryerson in 2009, has been dancing since she was a child. In 2012, Forbes suffered a brain injury after being hit […]

Press conference releasing the Ryerson-led study on the health impacts of precarious work on racialized immigrant women. (Isabelle Docto)

Ryerson study shows temporary work is a public health crisis

Racialized immigrant women working as temporary employees are facing a serious health crisis. This comes from findings of a Ryerson-led study released Monday to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The Ontario government is currently reviewing the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act and researchers say that if nothing is done to reform precarious work conditions, […]

by David Greenberg· · Health, News
FCAD is pioneering a faculty specific mental health pilot program rolling out this year. (Kevin John Siazon)

FCAD mental health pilot program faces delay

A lack of staff is preventing one of the Faculty of Communication and Design’s (FCAD) mental health pilot programs from rolling out as scheduled. The programs, piloted by FCAD, were announced last spring. They are focused on professional support for faculty, directing students to available mental health supports on campus and creating connections between peers. The peer-connecting program, which pairs […]

by David Greenberg· · Health, News
Posters at the Ryerson counselling centre . (Jayna Rana / Ryersonian Staff)

Depression, anxiety and suicide on the rise at Canadian universities

Depression, anxiety and suicide attempts are increasing among students at Ontario colleges and universities. The rising demand for mental health services is making it hard for campuses to keep up. The new mental health statistics were released today, in a report by the Ontario University College Health Association (OUCHA). The report analyzed responses from 25,000 students gathered this spring.   […]

by David Greenberg· · Health, News, students
A student with 17 doctor notes and other medical-policy woes

A student with 17 doctor notes and other medical-policy woes

Medical notes dominated the discussion at the first of two town hall meetings on Monday evening, which focused on academic policies that will be revised by the Academic Policy Review Committee (APRC). According to the current policy on academic consideration and appeals, a student must get their physician to fill out the Ryerson student medical certificate if they fail to submit […]

by Anna-Kaye Evans· · education, Health, News, On Campus, students
Ryerson making strides toward inclusive food options

Ryerson making strides toward inclusive food options

It’s hard enough to maintain a healthy diet on campus, due to budget restraints and crowded schedules. But for students with religious dietary restrictions, the quest for proper nutrition is even more difficult. Although Ryerson has made efforts to accommodate students who only eat kosher or halal foods, they are still not meeting these students’ needs. “Typically, universities are secular […]

by Kayla Rosen· · Arts & Life, Food, Health
Medicinal pot is currently legal but the Liberal government says it introduce wider legality in the spring of 2017. (Courtesy of Creative Commons)

Ryerson students not particularly jonesing for pot legalization

If you suspect that university students are especially excited about pot legalization that theory’s up in smoke. Ryerson students’ views on the legalization of marijuana align with the broader Canadian population, a new poll suggests. The survey, which was conducted by first-year journalism students, found that 37.5 per cent, or nearly four out of 10 students think marijuana should be […]

Experiment Review: #TheSoylentProject

Experiment Review: #TheSoylentProject

It’s been almost 20 days since I ended #TheSoylentProject on Wednesday March 30, 2016. If you haven’t watched the final vlog wrap-up, I do have a spoiler alert to let you know that I ended the experiment early. Simply put, I ended up getting sick and am still (yes, 20 days later still) recovering. I personally think that my body […]

by Jasmin Husain· · Food, Health, Soylent
RTA doc focuses on developmental disabilities

RTA doc focuses on developmental disabilities

What was supposed to be a film that displayed the work of L’Arche, an international organization based in Toronto that works with people living with developmental disabilities, turned out to be a touching documentary about a boy. Jason Clinker, a 23-year-old who lives with a developmental disability, has become the shining star of the RTA school of media documentary, Unwritten. […]

by Michael Sist· · Arts & Life, Health
RyersonianTV: April 1, 2016 : OSAP Mishap Coverage, Ryersonian’s #thesoylentproject Updates, and Polar Vortex Coming Up

RyersonianTV: April 1, 2016 : OSAP Mishap Coverage, Ryersonian’s #thesoylentproject Updates, and Polar Vortex Coming Up

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

For many students, the idea of landing a job is just as stress inducing as not. This is what’s known as a career identity crisis.  (Courtesy of Wikicommons)

A nine-to-five day scares millennials away

Career anxiety among Ryerson students is a growing problem.

Nursing student Betty Wang says long, unpaid placements at hospitals take a toll on students' health.

Nursing students struggle to balance unpaid hospital placements with paid jobs

Fourth-year Ryerson nursing student Kinza Malik got a pretty good idea of what it’s like to be a nurse during her clinical placement at a Toronto hospital this year. She got to do nearly everything a registered nurse does, from monitoring patients after surgery to working their grueling 12-hour shifts. The only thing she didn’t get? Paid. Nursing students must […]

Ben Canning, a third-year business management student, co-founded a company  that builds green roofs on the top of of city buildings. (Lillian Greenblatt/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson student planting the seeds of tomorrow

By Richa Syal A Ryerson student is planting the seeds to make rural farming attainable in Toronto’s urban landscape. Ben Canning, a third-year business management student, co-founded Farmium, a company that builds green roofs on top of city buildings. Through the use of a vertical gardening system, he is able to grow plants upward in order to save space. Canning was […]

St. Michael’s Hospital is launching a study into prescription drug costs, a barrier, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, that keeps one in 10 Canadians from using medication as prescribed. (Peter Goffin/Ryersonian Staff)

St. Mike’s to study health and financial effects of free prescription drugs

A research team at the nearby St. Michael’s Hospital is launching a study into prescription drug costs, a barrier, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, that keeps one in 10 Canadians from using medication as prescribed. The “Carefully seLected and Easily Accessible at No charge Medications” (CLEAN) study will examine the health effects and institutional costs or benefits of […]

by Peter Goffin· · Arts & Life, Health, News, Off Campus
The eight students behind VIABLE. (Courtesy: Jacob Morris)

RTA thesis project to raise money and awareness for MS

Mark your calendars. VIABLE, a new non-profit film and campaign tackling multiple sclerosis awareness, has its exclusive screening on March 3.

Alcohol consumption on the rise for women, says chief public health officer

Alcohol consumption on the rise for women, says chief public health officer

The continuing research suggests our culture “romances the glass.”

by Maham Shakeel· · Arts & Life, Food, Health
Ryersonian's Mikaila Kukurudza gives you a five minute work out for when you need to squeeze in some fitness between studying.

Rye gets fit: cubicle core workout

Ryersonian’s Mikaila Kukurudza gives you a five minute workout for when you need to squeeze in some fitness between studying.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Health
The Front Line

The Front Line

Universities are increasingly becoming front-line care for a generation more open about mental health than ever before. Now is the time to shift the conversation beyond just wait lists.

by Justine Ponomareff· · Features, Health
Ryerson, St. Mike’s come together to create new health technologies

Ryerson, St. Mike’s come together to create new health technologies

Ryerson joined a 20-year partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital to research and develop health-care solutions on Jan. 26, 2016 at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Fundraising underway for injured Ryerson dancer

Fundraising underway for injured Ryerson dancer

Fundraising has begun for dance student, Napu Boychuk’s medical expenses in Cuba after suffering a severe swimming accident.

by Emily Silva· · Health, News, Theatre, Travel
Kay and Bellows of Young Ones Group (Courtesy Mhairi Kay)

Ryerson grads and peer support program can relieve university’s counselling wait times

The Young Ones, a non-profit organization launched by a Ryerson grad, recently started an online support group to make it easier to communicate.

by Michael Chen· · Health, News
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