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Generational Encounters with Higher EducationThe Academic-Student Relationship and the University Experience$
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Jennie Bristow, Sarah Cant, and Anwesa Chatterjee

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529209778

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529209778.001.0001

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A Mental Health ‘Crisis’?

A Mental Health ‘Crisis’?

(p.91) 5 A Mental Health ‘Crisis’?
Generational Encounters with Higher Education

Jennie Bristow

Sarah Cant

Anwesa Chatterjee

Policy Press

This chapter maps a framework for understanding the rise of mental health disorders in the undergraduate population, drawing a connection between broader social, cultural and educational change, and individual psychological malaise. The structural inconsistencies wrought by high expectations, contrasted with actual opportunities and experience, provide the basis for an insecure and individualised approach to Higher Education. Students experiencing high levels of anxiety are encouraged, both by the pressure to succeed and the procedures now in place within Universities to manage high levels of mental illness, to conceive of and present their distress in medicalised terms. The chapter explores the implications for the academic– student relationship, both in terms of the growing expectation on academics to act in loco parentis, and the extent to which the practice of study and the pursuit of knowledge itself comes to be considered potentially damaging to students’ mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Keywords:   Mental health, wellbeing, counselling, pastoral care, therapeutics, debt, employability, anxiety, suicide

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