Mapping the mental health needs of Acadia University students
LE3 .A278 2013
Bachelor of Arts
Mental health problems appear to be on the rise and mental health services on university campuses may no longer be meeting the needs of students. The present exploratory studies investigated the one-year prevalence of mental illness at Acadia and informed on students’ perceptions of the mental health services available to them. Data collection included the administration of two separate surveys to 1) returning Resident Assistants (N = 26), and 2) the university student population (N = 774). Results showed that the majority of students deal with symptoms of anxiety (82%), and depression (65%). In addition, a significant proportion of students reported symptoms of suicidal ideation (24%), self-harm (10%), eating disorder (23%), and coping with a sexual assault (12%). As well, on-campus resources received a number of poor ratings. Overall, mental health problems proved to be very prevalent and services available to students did not appear to be satisfactory.
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