Title

Surveying the Mental Health needs of University Students

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Mentor’s Full Name

Robert Greene

Faculty Mentor’s Department

History

Abstract

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES SURVEY

Mental health is an issue worldwide and a cohort of the mentally ill is found within universities. Our group has perceives that the University of Montana could benefit from a system that aligns the needs of the students and the mental health workers. This can be done if Curry Health Center is aware of the students’ needs and the best ways they can use limited resources.

This need inspired us to use student input and critique to better understand how students are using the mental health services that are provided, and which services they may not be aware of. We want to gather information on what additional resources students would like access to and reasons students may decide to use or not use available resources. We plan to create a survey to harvest quantitative and qualitative data. By reaching out to students through a survey platform, we are able to obtain a clearer, wider range of responses that will allow us an understanding of our students’ needs and direct services in a way that would benefit them the most effectively. Students will be made aware of this survey opportunity in lecture halls, emails and via their different student groups and clubs on campus.

We intend for this data to help establish what is needed by the students and aid in focus of the mental health resources at the University of Montana. This process will be capable of being repeated at other universities throughout the world. In addition, if students have access to mental health data, they can more effectively lobby for support of needed services. By bringing students, representatives, and university faculty together, we can gather data and opinion that can be used to effectively destigmatize mental health and serve the community on a larger scale.

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Interdisciplinary (GLI)

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Apr 27th, 1:40 PM Apr 27th, 2:00 PM

Surveying the Mental Health needs of University Students

UC North Ballroom

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES SURVEY

Mental health is an issue worldwide and a cohort of the mentally ill is found within universities. Our group has perceives that the University of Montana could benefit from a system that aligns the needs of the students and the mental health workers. This can be done if Curry Health Center is aware of the students’ needs and the best ways they can use limited resources.

This need inspired us to use student input and critique to better understand how students are using the mental health services that are provided, and which services they may not be aware of. We want to gather information on what additional resources students would like access to and reasons students may decide to use or not use available resources. We plan to create a survey to harvest quantitative and qualitative data. By reaching out to students through a survey platform, we are able to obtain a clearer, wider range of responses that will allow us an understanding of our students’ needs and direct services in a way that would benefit them the most effectively. Students will be made aware of this survey opportunity in lecture halls, emails and via their different student groups and clubs on campus.

We intend for this data to help establish what is needed by the students and aid in focus of the mental health resources at the University of Montana. This process will be capable of being repeated at other universities throughout the world. In addition, if students have access to mental health data, they can more effectively lobby for support of needed services. By bringing students, representatives, and university faculty together, we can gather data and opinion that can be used to effectively destigmatize mental health and serve the community on a larger scale.