The news of a University of Toronto student's death by suicide has sparked a heated debate among students regarding the university's involvement (or lack thereof) in protecting students' mental health and wellbeing. Yesterday, news circulated that the University of Toronto lost another student to suicide on campus.  This incident is the third on-campus suicide in the past academic year. Students became outraged when the university failed to publicly acknowledge the student's death.

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In response, hundreds of students silently protested outside the President's office, demanding an increase in the allocation of resources to combat the growing mental health epidemic that plagues the university's three GTA campuses.

The protest - which started at 2:00 PM on Monday at King's College Circle - consisted of countless students holding signs that stated, "This crisis will never be solved without our voice" and "Silence can still be heard."

Later in the afternoon, the students migrated inside the building and sat in silence inside the hallway where the President's office is located.

Kailyn Henderson, an engineering student at U of T, told CTV News, "There were two suicides in less than twelve months in the same place and nothing has changed.  I think that something definitely needs to change."

Students continue to criticize the University of Toronto for doing too little in addressing mental health.  Not only are students demanding an increased number of resources and counsellors, but they also complain that the long waits to speak with a mental health professional over the phone or at a physical appointment could be harmful to those who need the help most.

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A computer science student named Anam Alvi told CTV News that she was on campus when she became aware that someone had died by suicide on Sunday. "It’s hard to think that someone in our community was suffering so much, right beside us," Alvi told reporters, "Acknowledge what's happening with the students and take action on it. I want them to provide better resources for students."

However, according to Janine Robb, the Executive Director of Health and Wellness at the University of Toronto, resources are supposedly available for those who need them.  "I think we have to encourage students to ask for help, ask for help often and if something’s changing while you’re waiting, call us back. We’re nimble, we’re flexible, we are not wanting anyone to suffer."

Anyone suffering from mental illness or suicidal thoughts should reach out to one of Ontario’s crisis or distress centres. The phone number for the Toronto Distress Centre is 416-408-4357.

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