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Student perceptions and proposals for promoting wellbeing through social relationships at university

Priestley, Michael; Hall, Angela; Wilbraham, Susan J.; Mistry, Virendra; Hughes, Gareth; Spanner, Leigh

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Authors

Angela Hall

Susan J. Wilbraham

Virendra Mistry

Gareth Hughes

Leigh Spanner



Abstract

Whilst existing evidence has demonstrated the imperative of social integration, inclusion, and belonging for student mental health, students often report relational challenges, barriers, and stressors at university. Drawing on thematic analysis of six student co-creation panels conducted during the Student Minds University Mental Health Charter consultations, this paper aims to elucidate student perspectives and proposals for promoting mental health at university by enhancing interpersonal interactions and social relationships. In particular, student panels identified existing challenges and opportunities to address social isolation, conflict, and exclusion in interactions with peers, academic staff, and the local community. The findings of this paper both echo and develop the principles of good practice propounded by the University Mental Health Charter, whilst the implications for university policy in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic are also discussed.

Citation

Priestley, M., Hall, A., Wilbraham, S. J., Mistry, V., Hughes, G., & Spanner, L. (2022). Student perceptions and proposals for promoting wellbeing through social relationships at university. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 46(9), 1243-1256. https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877x.2022.2061844

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 29, 2022
Online Publication Date Apr 11, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Jul 6, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 7, 2023
Journal Journal of Further and Higher Education
Print ISSN 0309-877X
Electronic ISSN 1469-9486
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 9
Pages 1243-1256
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877x.2022.2061844

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© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.





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