Mental health and higher education counselling services - responding to shifting student needs

Andrea Simpson, Kerry Ferguson

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Abstract

The rising numbers of students in higher education with mental health issues has become a policy concern. With a specific focus on student counselling services, this paper highlights the historical role services have played in responding to changing student cohorts over time. An overview of counselling services development is provided within the broader influences of the mental health field, federal policy directions, and the higher education environment. The shift from counsellors providing academic guidance only to today's model of health promotion and crisis intervention is explored. Finally, ways in which higher education providers may change in the future in response to greater student need is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

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