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The impact of the campus climate and mental health literacy on students’ wellbeing

Ethan McGuirk (Department of Psychology, Dublin Business School of Arts, Dublin, Ireland)
Patricia Frazer (Department of Psychology, Dublin Business School of Arts, Dublin, Ireland)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 6 May 2021

Issue publication date: 24 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The prevalence of mental health (MH) issues amongst post-secondary students is on the rise. This study aims to assess if a student’s mental well-being (MWB) is impacted by a range of predictors such as gender, education level, mental health literacy (MHL) and the post-secondary campus climate.

Design/methodology/approach

A correlational, cross-sectional design was implemented amongst a student population (N = 100). A questionnaire was administered electronically to participants’. Levels of MWB, campus climate and MHL were evaluated alongside a number of demographics.

Findings

Campus climate was a significant predictor of student MWB. Gender differences were discovered amongst MHL levels. MHL was found to be significantly associated with the level of education.

Originality/value

This study is one of few evaluating the relationship between MWB, MHL and the post-secondary campus climate. Based on these findings, the post-secondary campus may predict student MWB, therefore can be possibly augmented to assist students. Additionally, MHL interventions should focus on education level and gender-specific cohorts to enhance student MWB.

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Citation

McGuirk, E. and Frazer, P. (2021), "The impact of the campus climate and mental health literacy on students’ wellbeing", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 245-256. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-12-2020-0088

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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