Exploring the value of a university-driven mental health self-management programme

Joy Penman, Kalpana Goel, Shivvaan Sathasilvam

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This article presents findings from analysing a novel approach to helping regional students transition and adapt to university education by teaching them self-management skills. A programme was implemented for first-year students enrolled in various disciplines at regional university campuses in South Australia from 2013 to 2015. Programme outcomes were evaluated using pre- and post-training questionnaires administered to participants to assess changed mental health perceptions or practices. A paired-sample t-test showed statistically significant improvement following the programme. Students learnt coping strategies and skills to care for their own mental health and planned to apply what they learned for their benefit and in their professional practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-211
Number of pages14
JournalRural Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • higher education
  • mental health
  • regional and rural
  • transition and adaptation
  • university students

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