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Student Perspectives on improving mental health support Services at university

Priestley, Michael; Broglia, Emma; Hughes, Gareth; Spanner, Leigh

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Emma Broglia

Gareth Hughes

Leigh Spanner


Drawing on thematic analysis of six student co‐creation panels, conducted during the Student Minds University Mental Health Charter consultations, this paper elucidates students’ perspectives and proposals regarding the current issues and challenges around university student mental health and well‐being support services. In particular, panels identified existing challenges and opportunities to improve support service access, strategy, and delivery. The panels generated a series of recommendations aimed to establish a clear, coordinated, and strategic approach to delivering accessible and inclusive student mental health support services that are responsive to the diverse needs of the whole student population. Significantly, the student panels situated service reforms within a ‘whole university approach’ entailing holistic structural and cultural change to the university environment, in order to enrich student mental health and well‐being and reduce demand on services. The findings of this paper can both reaffirm and specify the principles of good practice propounded by the University Mental Health Charter from a student perspective.


Priestley, M., Broglia, E., Hughes, G., & Spanner, L. (2022). Student Perspectives on improving mental health support Services at university. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 22(1), 197-206.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 15, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 8, 2021
Publication Date 2022-03
Deposit Date Mar 31, 2021
Publicly Available Date Mar 31, 2021
Journal Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Print ISSN 1473-3145
Electronic ISSN 1746-1405
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 1
Pages 197-206


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