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ERIC Number: EJ1016854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0818-8068
Students Seeking Help for Mental Health Problems: Do Australian University Websites Provide Clear Pathways?
Laws, Thomas A.; Fiedler, Brenton A.
Australian Universities' Review, v55 n2 p35-43 2013
Mental health problems in young Australians continue to be a major public health issue. Studying at university can generate social pressures particularly for youth, which have been associated with the onset of a mental illness or a worsening of an existing condition. Many universities provide health services to support students with health problems. However, many young people do not have effective help-seeking strategies and are in need of well-defined pathways to locate appropriate assessment of, and support for, their emotional needs. There has been no Australian study that determines the ease with which students can identify health services. This study involved a systematic search of web sites of 40 Australian universities to identify the types of services offered and their relative accessibility. The use of several key words generally resulted in the identification of a broad range of health services, however, information on "mental health services" was more difficult to locate. The study makes recommendations for universities to improve accessibility, and develop more supportive policy and inclusive management of mental health problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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