Campus mental health: how stigma affects students' approach to resources
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

This research investigated the relationship between perceived mental health stigma and students’ approach to university mental health resources using a mixed methods design (N=218 undergraduate students). Quantitative findings indicate that stigma is predictive of students’ approach to resources, however, does not affect likelihood of students recommending these services to a peer in need. Qualitative findings shed light on the high levels of mental health stigma experienced by students throughout various faculties and areas of study, and provide an in depth understanding of how students perceive current university mental health services and what changes could help improve their efficacy. First hand student-based recommendations as to how to improve mental health climate, reduce stigma, and promote access to university mental health services are presented.

Learning Objective 1:
Gain better understanding of how mental health stigma is perceived and experienced by students in a canadian university setting.
Learning Objective 2:
Gain student-lead recommendations on effectively reducing mental health stigma on campus.
Learning Objective 3:
Gain student-lead recommendations as to how to ameliorate available university mental health resources and promote students' approach to these ressources.
Health Promotion (national standard, healthy campus)
Session Type
Virtual Session Link