Good intentions: teaching and specialist support staff perspectives of student disclosure of mental health issues in post-secondary education

Annie Venville, Annette Fay Street, Eleanor Fossey

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Abstract

This article reports findings from a qualitative case study, as part of which staff perspectives of student disclosure of mental health issues in an Australian post-secondary vocational education setting were explored. Twenty teaching and specialist support staff from four vocational education and training institutions participated in individual semi-structured interviews. Institutional policies and practices related to the management of disability at each site provided contextual information relevant to the staff experience. All data were analysed thematically. Staff participants strongly supported student disclosure of mental health issues. Staff linked the likelihood of course success for students experiencing mental illness with disclosure and the implementation of educational supports.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1172 - 1188
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
Volume18
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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