Evaluating Peer versus Professional Video Outreach to Enhance Mental Health Resilience in University Students
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

With university students experiencing heightened levels of stress, there is a need for programs aimed at enhancing mental health resilience. This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of a peer vs. MHP-led resilience-building online outreach program for university students. Female undergraduate students (n=163) were assigned to either a condition group (peer-led (n=55) or MHP-led (n=52)) or comparison group (n=56). Results from a series of two-way mixed ANOVAs revealed a significant interaction of time and group on stress, F(1,102)=4.62, p=.034, coping self-efficacy (CSE), F(1,98)=4.35, p=.04, and mindfulness, F(1,98)=4.29, p=.04, but not social support. The condition group reporting significantly lower stress, higher CSE and mindfulness, than the comparison group post-program. Findings suggest that an online resilience-building program may be effective in supporting student’s well-being, however, program effectiveness depends on participant use of strategies.

Learning Objective 1:
Describe an innovative low resource online mental health resilience-building model.
Learning Objective 2:
Identify potential benefits and challenges of peer-led versus MHP-led online mental health resilience-building outreach for university students.
Learning Objective 3:
Discuss recommendations to inform future program delivery models and implementation.
Service or Program Delivery
Session Type
Virtual Session Link