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Benjamin Veness

Year of Award: 2013 Award State: New South Wales Education > Tertiary And Adult
Health And Medicine > Mental Health
The Monash University Churchill Fellowship to explore innovative prevention and early intervention strategies to improve the mental health of university students - Singapore, China, USA, UK, Switzerland
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The seven key findings were:

  1. There must be a ‘tone at the top’ that genuinely commits a university to improving its students’ mental health and wellbeing;
  2. Mental health task forces with student representation should be used to develop mental health policies and strategies relevant to each institution;
  3. Australia needs a sectoral leader like The Jed Foundation, in particular one with a strong research capability;
  4. On-campus treatment services should be supplemented by preventative health strategies and supported by active partnership with local government and private health services;
  5. Screening programmes are worthwhile when matched with service, and outreach services should be used to target those students who do not or cannot engage via traditional means;
  6. Regard should be paid to the specific needs of minority groups such as LGBTI and international students; and
  7. Universities should offer and evaluate mindfulness meditation, which can be taught in groups and with easily-scalable apps.
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