University student mental health support falling to untrained academics

A new report ‘Student Mental Health: The Role and Experience of Academics’ says that those students often turn to academics who are approachable and with home they already have a pre-existing relationship.

This, they say, can lead to relationships where staff are uncertain of their boundaries, creating risk for the student, the academic and the institution.

Researchers talked to 52 academics at five universities who found that responding to student mental health is now an ‘inevitable part of the academic role. However, this crucial frontline role is currently invisible, and the higher education sector does not have the appropriate structures or cultures to assist academics’.

Full story: Mental Health Today

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