The Role of an Academic
For many students experiencing difficulties, academics are often the first point of contact. Students may turn to academics for advice because they are approachable, accessible and they have a pre-existing relationship. However, research conducted for Student Minds, indicates that academics are struggling to respond effectively to student mental health.
Researchers interviewed 52 academics with diverse experience, at five universities. These academics identified that responding to student mental health problems is now an inevitable part of the academic role. However, this crucial frontline role is currently invisible, and the higher education sector does not have the appropriate structures or cultures to assist academics.
You can read a summary of the findings and recommendations in the document below, and download the full report.