Managing mental health difficulties in higher education: the lived experience

East, Carole Ann Margaret (2013) Managing mental health difficulties in higher education: the lived experience. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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1.6 million young people are currently in higher education (HEFCE, 2010). Even though participation ‘stands at 57% for the 20% most advantaged...compared to 19% for the most disadvantaged 20 %’( Inside Government, 2011), this is an increasingly diverse population. Among the attendant pressures for both students and staff, mental health concerns predominate: since the Royal College of Psychiatrists published their first report into the mental health of students, (RCP, 2003), the issues ‘highlighted have shown no signs of abating and in many respects have become more pressing’ (RCP. 2011:17).

Universities for their part increasingly seek to address students’ mental health needs, thereby supporting successful completion of their studies. This doctoral research examines the experiences of ‘home’ undergraduate students in one Russell Group university (henceforth anonymised as Midlands University) and the staff who support them. A qualitative approach serves to highlight the voices of participants and offer an in-depth account of their lived experience of access to, and participation in, the social and academic life of the University. Social Capital theory, Emotional Geographies and the Capability Approach provide a theoretical framework for the analysis of interview data. Key findings confirm the ongoing impact of stigma and discrimination, and indicate the importance of the affective domain of education and the role of student culture on support experiences.

The overall aim of this study was to improve student and staff experiences of support. The findings have been and continue to be used to inform policy and practice within the study University.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Harris, B.
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC 321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher education
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
Item ID: 13932
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 15:28
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 01:17

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