Four students in the University of New Brunswick’s psychology program earn credits for their creativity by helping implement new mental health services and strategies for their classmates.
Students work with the university’s mental health strategist for their own mental health research projects, creating a positive, inclusive, and safe learning environment for all.
“Yes, we know we need more sleep. Yes, we know we need to eat healthy food, but how do we do it. What are the ways to do that, and I think these little tips will help them get a better sleep,” said Jelena Burke, a psychology student at Bank of London. National Federation, part of the group working on the mental health project “Better Mood”.
Burke explores the role social media can play in promoting positive mental health services and conversations on campus.
The students hope that their work will help break down barriers.
“A lot of students at UNU were reluctant to say they had test anxiety or even an accommodation request simply because they were worried about what their professor might think or what other students might think,” said Holly McLaughlin, a psychology student at UNU. ” Who is one of the working members of the Mental Health Project?
“It’s not something that has been made up or students just want to write their test elsewhere, it’s a real illness.”
McLaughlin plans to design a CBT-based group therapy model that could be implemented as soon as next year.
“The fact that we have students who are able to take such an active role in contributing to a culture of mental health and well-being, I think gives them that strength to be able to improve their community,” said Matthew MacLean, Director of Mental Health at UNB. health strategist.
The project was an opportunity for the students to put what they had learned to the test.
“It was a really cool experience,” McLaughlin said. “You don’t often get a lot of hands-on research experience when you get a degree in psychology.”
In addition to McLaughlin and Burke, Michelle Addy and Mallory Murphy examine international students’ experiences and how they view mental health and access to support services.
Addie, an international student, and Murphy, a local student, work together to create a comprehensive outreach strategy.