Stress levels affecting performance at Calgary university
Calgary's Mount Royal University one of 32 schools to participate
A national survey on the health of post-secondary students shows there are a lot of stressed-out students on campuses, including at Mount Royal University in Calgary.
"Students are experiencing stress to such a level that they are not doing as well in class as they'd like to," said Shermin Murji, a health education co-ordinator at the school.
MRU was one of 32 post-secondary schools to take part in the survey conducted by the Canadian Organization of University and College Health this spring.
Questionnaires were completed by 38,171 students across Canada. Murji said as many as 46 per cent of the respondents reported feeling stressed.
Kendall Kilgour, a fourth year criminal justice student, was one of them.
"I also played for the Cougars for the hockey team here, so I was quite busy during the school year," he said. "So I [was] trying to balance work, hockey and school, so it was quite stressful during those times."
But roughly 90% are in good health
Murji said stress leads to students dropping or failing classes or not getting assignments done on time.
"Our students work on average more than other Canadian post-secondaries. So we know our students are working full-time, working part-time and taking full-time classes and possibly juggling family life," she said.
"And on top of that, with the recent budget cuts to institutions, there's concern about programs," she said.
More than 17 per cent of students said they suffer from depression and 28 per cent said they struggle with anxiety.
However, almost 90 per cent of students polled said they are in good to excellent health.
The percentages of students who said they regularly use alcohol, tobacco or drugs were quite low.