ERIC Number: EJ721708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 10
Support for Students with Mental Health Difficulties in Higher Education: The Students' Perspective
Tinklin, T.; Riddell, S.; Wilson, A.
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v33 n4 p495-512 Nov 2005
A massive expansion in student numbers in higher education, coupled with an overall reduction in funding, has led to higher staff-student ratios and a reduction in the amount of staff time available to support students. This has been linked to rising demands being placed on student support services. This article draws on case studies of five students experiencing mental health difficulties, to provide insight into these issues from the student perspective. The students confirmed that aspects of the higher education environment had exacerbated their difficulties. An innovative model of support is described. Traditionally interventions for students with mental health difficulties have focused at the individual level. It is argued that attention also needs to be paid to changing aspects of the environment and that this would improve the learning experience for all students.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Mental Disorders, Health Needs, College Students, Foreign Countries, Depression (Psychology), Student Adjustment, Social Support Groups, School Counseling, Student Personnel Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom