ADCET Webinar: “Falling between the cracks?” Experiences of university students with mental health challenges
Online Webinar (AEDT)
10 October 2022
In this presentation, Dr Nicole Crawford will share some findings from her NCSEHE Equity Fellowship research, “On the radar”: supporting the mental wellbeing of mature-aged students in regional and remote Australia.
In particular, Nicole will focus on the experiences of students with mental health challenges. This exploration of what enables or constrains students from accessing and/or receiving support for mental health challenges has been prompted by some striking survey results in the fellowship research. Far higher numbers of the survey participants reported having a diagnosed mental health condition (31.0%) than having a disability (12.1%). Given the rules and classifications in universities around who can seek which provisions, this large gap suggests that many students with diagnosed mental health conditions might be unaware that they are eligible for supports from university Disability/Accessibility services, and, thus, would not receive them. This implication prompted a return to the 51 interview transcripts to explore the participants’ awareness and experiences of support in more depth.
In the presentation, Nicole will share some findings around barriers and enablers to students seeking and/or receiving assistance, and suggestions for supporting all students well, whether their mental health challenge is a diagnosed condition or not.
The webinar is free to attend, and it will be live captioned.
For more information on this webinar and how to register, visit the ADCET website.