Campus Mental Health: Stigma and Students' Approach to Resources (OS242)

  • PMD: 5,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 10: Health and Well-Being
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Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. acknowledge and understand the presence of mental health stigma in canadian university students.
  2. understand the role of mental health stigma in mediating student's approach to campus mental health resources.
  3. gain insight on evidence-based recommendations for reducing stigma and promoting student use of services.


Stigma is a known barrier to students' approach to mental health resources. This paper presentation discusses a research study that investigated mental health stigma at a Canadian university using a mixed methods sequential explanatory design. Undergraduate students (N = 218) completed a survey addressing mental health stigma and likelihood of using/recommending university mental health resources. Semistructured interviews were conducted with a subset of participants (n = 18) to inform quantitative findings. Recommendations for reducing stigma on campus are discussed.



Julia Stamp, University of Calgary

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