Project aims to get to the bottom of mental health issues facing uni students

Are campuses doing enough to support the well-being of students?

A project by UCT and Stellenbosch University plans on investigating the prevalence of common mental disorders among undergraduate university students.

Read: 10 tips for students experiencing anxiety or trauma

The Caring Universities Project will work closely with international experts from more than 10 countries.

Also read: Student-led Stellies group educating about gender, rape culture, sexual identity

Project member Janine Roos says very few students in need utilise the mental health services in place at universities.

One of the reasons they give is that they would rather handle mental health problems on their own.

Janine Roos, researcher at the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Unit on Risk and Resilience in Mental Disorders.

The information gathered will help researchers be able to document and improve students’ support needs.

Roos unpacked preliminary findings collected on the suicide, depression and overall mental health of students at local universities.

Stellenbosch Professor Lizette Rabe, who lost her son to suicide on campus in 2009, also shared her advice about how to improve mental health support.

Take a listen to the engaging conversation:

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