Facts are Facts
Research consistently shows international and ‘non-metro’ local students are at the highest risk of mental ill-health.
This is often due to massive transitions they face, the lack of support networks and fear of seeking help.
And whilst more and more research is being conducted (which is great) there’s not much happening in the terms of what changes to make in the light of it.
This is why at Confidence Hackers we’re changing that… For us, it’s not good enough to just talk about the problem without also looking for, and implementing, practical solutions. CLICK HERE to see how we’ve mapped the latest student wellbeing research with our services to make student wellbeing easy, fun and effective.
No Silver Bullet
Now our solutions aren’t perfect or as fully encompassing as we’d like them to be… yet. But we’re consistently working on it. Improving and imperfectly implementing as we go with the feedback from you and the students themselves, as to what they want (mixed with a good amount of what they need – because they also don’t know what they don’t know).
We know that doing the same-old same-old while students fall deeper and deeper into a vortex of despair is not only not useful, it’s cruel at best and downright negligent at worst.
It’s incumbent on anyone that employs, houses or educates young people, to help them manage study, work, life and everything better.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for us is the sheer weight of numbers of students struggling… the recommendations, however, mostly don’t surprise us… they’re things that we believe are vital – proactive, preventative support.
The Impact of Accommodation on Student Wellbeing (Australia & New Zealand Nov 2019) is a follow up study to the 2018 GSA/Red Brick Research report Student Wellbeing Matters. This new report finds that
- 95% of university students are struggling to the extent that it’s having a negative impact on their wellbeing
- that nearly 20% have seriously considered dropping out
- that an accommodation management team that takes wellbeing seriously, positively impacts a students’ experience.
CLICK HERE to see how easy it is to incorporate these research findings into your activities.
The 2019 Mental Wellbeing Survey of Prospective International and Overseas Students for Bupa by Dr Adrian J. Tomyn made six recommendations including a greater focus on early intervention as a means to reduce the prevalence and severity of mental illness (something that we are weirdly passionate about, to the extent that our products and services already fit their recommendations!)
1. Build mental health acumen and reduce mental health-related stigma to enhance help-seeking behaviour among international & overseas students
2. A greater focus on early intervention as a means to reduce the prevalence and severity of mental illness experienced by international & overseas students
3. Create opportunities for international students to build social connections and support networks while studying in Australia.
National Student Wellbeing Survey Report 2016 by headspace and the National Union of Students, didn’t make any recommendations, but reported a plethora of scary stats like 72% of students reporting at least one day in the past month when they were totally unable to work or study due to symptoms of mental health problems. Yep, that nearly three quarters!
The productivity uplift from better outcomes for our university students by Ernst & Young in 2019 found that the productivity uplift from improving outcomes for university students could add $3.1 billion a year to GDP by 2030…. which could happen if more uni students knew how to manage their mental health better so they could graduate.
The wicked problem of university student mental health 2016 report by Monash University Churchill Fellowship recipient Benjamin Veness made seven key findings including that on-campus treatment services should be supplemented by preventative health strategies…couldn’t agree more Ben!
There are heaps more studies by people way smarter than us and with more PhDs than you can poke a stick at that are all pretty much saying the same thing… and yet change has been at glacial speed at best. We think that’s because making change has been put in the ‘too hard’ basket… but as human behaviour experts, we know that change can happen in a heart beat… all it takes is someone brave enough to say yes… is that you?
personal wellbeing negatively impacted
student prospects more vulnerable to depression and distress
struggle with stress & anxiety