Undergraduate students accessing mental health services : exploring the barriers surmounted using a qualitative approach

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dc.contributor.advisor Zhang, Michael Xiaoou, 1973-
dc.creator Walls, Róisín Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-09T13:52:03Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-09T13:52:03Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other RC451.4 S7 W35 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/29091
dc.description viii, 91 leaves : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 76-81).
dc.description.abstract There is a high prevalence of mental health disorders among youth, however there is not a corresponding high level of help seeking behavior. Currently, there is little research on the barriers that post-secondary students have to overcome to access mental health services in Canada. This master’s thesis conducted qualitative semi-structured interviews (N=10) to gain an understanding of the barriers that undergraduate students attending an Atlantic Canadian university surmounted to access professional mental health services. The three overarching themes include; a) structural barriers to mental health services, b) barriers related to the perceptions of mental health problems, and c) barriers related to the perceptions of mental health services. Recommendations are to promote positive mental health at a community level by implementing policy and interventions such as peer support programs, gatekeeper programs, and mental health literacy workshops which have proven to increase help seeking and can be self-sustaining within the universities. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc RC451.4.S7
dc.subject.lcsh College students -- Mental health services -- Atlantic Provinces
dc.subject.lcsh Mental health services -- Utilization -- Atlantic Provinces
dc.subject.lcsh Help-seeking behavior -- Atlantic Provinces
dc.title Undergraduate students accessing mental health services : exploring the barriers surmounted using a qualitative approach en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Applied Health Services Research
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Applied Health Services Research Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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