To reflect the evolving demands of the New Brunswick Student Alliance’s members, this year our board has made the conscious decision to continue challenging how we interpret our mandate and what accessibility means to this and future generations of post-secondary students. As a result, our members can expect a variety of student issues – some less traditionally recognized than others – in our primary advocacy document this year.
Among these is what we consider one of the most crucial issues affecting students today: their mental health. Students are dying on our campuses, and many more feel like they do not have access to resources to problerly address their mental illnesses.
That is why we will be asking the New Brunswick government to double their spending on mental health over the next four years with targeted funding set aside for on-campus services.
Our members are the future of New Brunswick’s communities; their wellbeing is essential to the continued efforts to combat economic oppression, to the growth of our cultures and to the financial sustainability of our healthcare system. We will be unabashed in our defence of their well-being.
Robert Burroughs (’13) is the executive director of the NBSA, a student advocacy organization representing over 12,000 students from four universities in the province.