Student perceptions and proposals for promoting wellbeing through social relationships at university

Michael Priestley, Angela Hall, Susan Wilbraham, Virendra Mistry, Gareth Hughes, Leigh Spanner

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Abstract

Whilst existing evidence has demonstrated the imperative of social integration, inclusion, and belonging for student mental health, students often report relational challenges, barriers, and stressors at university. Drawing on thematic analysis of six student co-creation panels conducted during the Student Minds University Mental Health Charter consultations, this paper aims to elucidate student perspectives and proposals for promoting mental health at university by enhancing interpersonal interactions and social relationships. In particular, student panels identified existing challenges and opportunities to address social isolation, conflict, and exclusion in interactions with peers, academic staff, and the local community. The findings of this paper both echo and develop the principles of good practice propounded by the University Mental Health Charter, whilst the implications for university policy in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1243-1256
Number of pages14
JournalJOURNAL OF FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Volume46
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2022

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