The short answer to the question "do accommodations give students an unfair advantage" is: No.
The longer answer is one that I thought is worth addressing.
Today marks the start of Mental Health awareness week in Toronto! With the rising usage of social media in corporate and personal contexts, our focus this year is on raising awareness about mental health and social media. Are you a community manager? Do you manage a corporate social media account? Are you a social media guru? Blogger? Vlogger? Or regular Facebook checker? Then stay tuned this week to the blog and L&L Social channels for information, tips, personal stories, and strategies to maintain your mental health while using social media.
Awkward. Shy. Withdrawn. Unfriendly. Disinterested. Nervous. Quiet. Aloof.
These are all words that some of us may intensely identify with when social anxiety strikes. The good news is that these words are just words! … As in they do not define us as people, but are mere perceptions of ourselves that can be actively changed.
March is Nutrition month! A time of year where we can reflect on what we put in our mouths, and re-consider the purpose and impacts of the food we eat and how it affects our body. For nutrition month, we have rounded up some of our favourite posts on nutrition and the mental health benefits, and some tips to eat well at work! What will you try this month to spruce up your nutrition?
For this week we have rounded up some of our favourite posts with strategies that individuals can implement in the workplace to help improve their day to day mental health! What strategies are you implementing at work? Pick one that you could try today and see how you feel.
We at L&L Consulting are saddened by the recent death of top Chef Benoit Violier from the famous Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville. Chef Violier's suicide has once again drawn attention to the working conditions and lack of mental health supports available for chefs, and all those working in kitchens and restaurants.
Riley Lynch, a fourth year physics student at the University of Guelph, a lover of the universe and nature, died by suicide on January 19 (Goffin, 2017). According to the recent article in The Star, this is the fourth suicide at the University of Guelph since September 2016 – the highest number seen in any academic year (Goffin, 2017).
Although counselling, anonymous peer support/crisis lines, therapy, and psychiatrists are available at the school to address students’ issues, the demand is higher than the supply. In addition, short-term issues such as breakups are focused on, as opposed to chronic or complex mental health issues that require ongoing and intensive care (Goffin, 2017). Students are at a vulnerable point in their life, due to many being away from home, often being the age when they are cut off from adolescent mental health services (Goffin, 2017).