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Collaborating with Students to Support Student Mental Health and Well-being

  • Dawn QuerstretEmail author
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Abstract

Querstret argues that universities need to ensure that the diverse voices of students from different backgrounds and with different life experiences are adequately represented when it comes to discussions around mental health. One of the challenges to be addressed by universities is the reduction of mental health stigma, a major barrier to students seeking help. The existing research evidence regarding the effectiveness of mental health interventions for students is contextualised amongst a recurrent theme that the student voice is too often ignored in the development of strategies for managing student mental health. Querstret advocates for active student involvement and leadership in the co-design of policies, strategies and materials related to student mental health, but cautions that these approaches need also to be evidence-based.

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  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUK

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