How can students-as-partners work address challenges to student, faculty, and staff mental health and well-being?

Slates, Sarah ORCID logo ORCID: , Cook-Sather, Alison ORCID logo ORCID: , Aghakhani, Sima, Al-Humuzi, Ali ORCID logo ORCID: , Alonso, Dulce, Borgstrom, Karin ORCID logo ORCID: , Boyle, Fiona ORCID logo ORCID: , Cachia, Chris ORCID logo ORCID: , Carlson, Elisabeth ORCID logo ORCID: , Cole, Jonathan ORCID logo ORCID: , Dennehy, Tadhg, Väfors Fritz, Marie, Gadzirayi, Marlene, Goff, Loretta ORCID logo ORCID: , Gudmundsoon, Petri ORCID logo ORCID: , Han, Yang, Hellman, Peter, Holder, Kal ORCID logo ORCID: , Hou, Sixun, Hughes, Julie, Jennings, Jimmy, Jegliska, Wiki, Kaur, Amrita, Kehan, Lu, Kelly, Andrew, Lee, Carrie ORCID logo ORCID: , Leonard, Constance, Lewitzky, Rachael ORCID logo ORCID: , Majeed, Asia, Marquart, Matthea, Marsden, Joshua, Marshall, Lia ORCID logo ORCID: , Matu, Florina, Molefe, Tsholo, Mori, Yoko, Morrell-Scott, Nicola, Mullenger, Elizabeth ORCID logo ORCID: , Obregon, Monica, Pearce, Matt, Pike, Claire, Pol, Hurshal, Riva, Elena ORCID logo ORCID: , Sands, Caitlin, Sinanan, Rachel, Smart, Kelsey ORCID logo ORCID: , Smeltzer, Sandra, Spence, Abi, Maggard Stephens, Teresa ORCID logo ORCID: , Stollenwerk, Maria ORCID logo ORCID: , Sum, Kiu ORCID logo ORCID: , Van-Ess, Josephine ORCID logo ORCID: , Vick, Dustin, Wong, Michael ORCID logo ORCID: , Wright, Heather ORCID logo ORCID: , Wright, Jasmine and Zou, Wei ORCID logo ORCID: (2023) How can students-as-partners work address challenges to student, faculty, and staff mental health and well-being? International Journal for Students as Partners, 7 (2). pp. 221-240.

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Mental health has emerged as a critical area of attention in higher education, and educational research over the last 15 years has focused increasingly on emotions and wellbeing at all stages of education (Hill et al., 2021). While definitions of well-being vary, most are premised on “good quality of life” (Nair et al., 2018, p. 69). Within the last few years, we have experienced an intersection of several forces that undermine or threaten good quality of life. These include the uncertainties prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic (Hews et al., 2022, U.S. Surgeon General, n.d.), climate change (Charlson et al., 2021), racism and social injustices (Williams & Etkins, 2021), the cost-of-living crisis (Montacute, 2023), and the lack of motivation and higher incidence of mental health issues associated with growing concerns about job prospects and income (Chowdhury et al., 2022). This fifth iteration of Voices from the Field explores some of the ways in which students-as-partners work can address challenges to the mental health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. This focus, proposed by members of the IJSaP Editorial Board, both responds to the intersecting realities named above and remains true to the goal of this section of the journal, which is to offer a venue for a wide range of contributors to address important questions around and aspects of students-as-partners work without going through the intensive submission, peer-review, and revision processes. The prompt we included in the call for this iteration of Voices was: “In what ways can students-as-partners work address challenges to the mental health and well-being of students, staff, and faculty posed by the current realities in the wider world (socio-political, environmental, economic, etc.) that affect higher education?”

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: International Journal for Students as Partners
Publisher: McMaster University Library Press
ISSN: 2560-7367
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Law
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons – Attribution License 4.0 International (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly attributed.
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Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2023 09:54
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2024 10:30


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