Student perceptions and proposals for promoting wellbeing through social relationships at university

Priestley, Michael ORCID logo ORCID: , Hall, Angela, Wilbraham, Susan ORCID logo ORCID: , Mistry, Virendra ORCID logo ORCID: and Hughes, Gareth ORCID logo ORCID: (2022) Student perceptions and proposals for promoting wellbeing through social relationships at university. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 46 (9). pp. 1243-1256.

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Whilst existing evidence has demonstrated the imperative of social integration, inclusion, and belonging for student mental health, students often report relational challenges, barriers, and stressors at university. Drawing on thematic analysis of six student co-creation panels conducted during the Student Minds University Mental Health Charter consultations, this paper aims to elucidate student perspectives and proposals for promoting mental health at university by enhancing interpersonal interactions and social relationships. In particular, student panels identified existing challenges and opportunities to address social isolation, conflict, and exclusion in interactions with peers, academic staff, and the local community. The findings of this paper both echo and develop the principles of good practice propounded by the University Mental Health Charter, whilst the implications for university policy in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of Further and Higher Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1469-9486
Departments: Institute of Health > Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Depositing User: Susan Wilbraham
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2022 10:31
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 13:16


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