Boy, I was vacuuming up a storm when I first noticed it.The small hole near the bottom of the wall was not new, but the gossamer, funnel-shaped web leading into it certainly was.There is a strong relationship between a student’s academic career and his or her experience with mental illness.Students with psychiatric disabilities typically experience periods of wellness and periods of relapse while they’re at university.As a child, I was always collecting odd critters in jars which often ended up in the large bay window in our kitchen.The results of one such episode are crystal clear in my now grown-up mind.The next morning we moved furniture out of the way, spread plastic on the floor beneath the sky light, and sprayed the heck out of them.
Thankfully, those little guys cooperated (unknowingly, I’m sure) and stayed out of sight.This program provides assistance to students with psychiatric disabilities,1 in the areas of academics, social support (e.g., one-on-one, groups, peer mentoring), advocacy and self-advocacy.Over the past 18 years, I’ve seen an enormous change in the number of students with various psychiatric disabilities who are attending and succeeding in post-secondary education.Many more self-identified students are now earning degrees, not only at the undergraduate level, but at the masters and Ph D levels.However, no matter the academic level, students with psychiatric disabilities benefit from extra support.
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