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Mental Health of University Students: Perspectives for Intervention and Prevention: An Indo-Canadian Collaborative Project
Annual Conference, RMHC, London,Western University, (2014)
  • Amresh Srivastava, University of Western Ontario
  • Rahel Eynan
  • Ravi Shah, Western University
  • Laxaman Dutt, Western University
  • Shubhangi Parkar
  • TSS Rao
  • DP Giridhar
  • Rakesh Bhandari
  • Nagesh Bhandari
  • Paul Link, Western University

Purpose: The study aimed to determine the levels of psychological distress of university students and examine teachers’ awareness and opinions concerning suicide prevention. Methods: The study used a two-phase, sequential mixed-method approach of converging quantitative and qualitative methodologies. In the quantitative study the 1a2-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) was used to measure psychological wellbeing in a student sample ( n=110 ). The qualitative study consisted of a focus group with students (n=200) and faculty members. (n=25). Results: The scores for the sample ranged between 0- 33 with a mean score of 10.25 (SD= 6.14). The majority of respondents (70.6%) endorsed low levels of psychological distress (i.e. scores ≤ 12). Nearly 12% reported increased current psychological distress (score 16-20). A small proportion of respondents (6.4%) reported currently experiencing severe psychological distress The overwhelming majority of teachers recognized the importance of mental health; however, they lacked the knowledge concerning how to appropriately address mental illness and stress related issues. Lack of awareness, negative attitude and stigma were identified as significant barriers to help-seeking among students. Conclusions: There is a high prevalence of psychiatric morbidity amongst the student in societies that are undergoing social and economic transition, such as the Indian society. The findings indicated that nearly 18% of the respondents showed an indication of increased risk for mental health problems such as depression. Teachers feel they are able to identify mental health issues; however, they are unable to offer any intervention. Expected Outcomes: These findings support the need to develop a curriculum for teachers that addresses mental health issues and offers training in intervention skills.

  • Students,
  • Mental Health,
  • Universities
Publication Date
May 14, 2014
Citation Information
Amresh Srivastava, Rahel Eynan, Ravi Shah, Laxaman Dutt, et al.. "Mental Health of University Students: Perspectives for Intervention and Prevention: An Indo-Canadian Collaborative Project" Annual Conference, RMHC, London,Western University, (2014)
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