An occupation-based approach for post-secondary student mental health: A feasibility study
Date & Time
Friday, August 13, 2021, 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Mental health problems influence post-secondary students’ ability to manage the activities they need or want to do. For instance, many students describe having trouble meeting deadlines, retaining information despite hours of studying, and having no time to socialize. These experiences can further exacerbate mental health concerns and place individuals at risk of dropping out of university. Our team of researchers, university students with lived experience, health professionals, and policy makers, developed an occupation-based intervention targeting post-secondary student mental health. An occupation-based intervention focuses on the activities that students need or want to do in their everyday life. This presentation will: discuss the development of this intervention, including its theoretical basis and how it builds on existing literature; and present findings from an initial feasibility study. We will discuss the effects of this intervention on post-secondary students’ participation, mental health, and resilience, and explore the acceptability of the program to students.

Learning Objective 1:
1)Discuss principles guiding occupation-based approaches to intervention for post-secondary student mental health
Learning Objective 2:
2)Describe the key features of the occupation-based intervention developed and evaluated in this study
Learning Objective 3:
3)Discuss the feasibility of this approach including potential benefits for students and contextual factors that may influence delivery and student experiences
Evaluation, Research, Assessment
Session Type
Virtual Session Link