Well-being, mental health and the student population

Mander, Sarah (2021). Well-being, mental health and the student population. In: Williams-Brown, Zeta and Mander, Sarah eds. Childhood Well-being and Resilience: Influences on Educational Outcomes. London: Routledge, pp. 33–45.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429324635-5


This chapter focuses on university student well-being, explaining why this subject area is an essential inclusion. It concentrates on the shifting policy context of student well-being within higher education. The chapter discusses the most tragic outcome of poor mental health, that is suicide. It considers the relationship and importance of promoting well-being as a strategy to prevent escalation of poor mental health. The chapter aims to improve knowledge and understanding of student well-being amongst our target readership through psychoeducation and self-help tools. It sets out to raise awareness of student well-being amongst both professional communities and families in order to highlight the potential vulnerabilities of student well-being and secure improved understanding of both their good and poor mental health. Hidden harms, a phrase first used to describe the detrimental effect substance misusing parents can have on their children, are also prolific causal factors for declining mental health amongst the student population.

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