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Special Issue "Optimal Mental Health for Optimal Academic Performance in University Students"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 123

Special Issue Editors

Department of Research, Development and Prevention, Student Health Service, University of Amsterdam, Oude Turfmarkt 151, 1012 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Interests: student health; employability; sustainable careers; lifelong learning; HRM; diversity and life phase issues
Family Medicine and Population Health, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium
Interests: cancer screening; health behaviour; prevention
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mental health problems occur frequently among university students, with depression and anxiety being the most prevalent. University students with mental health problems have more chances of dropping out, in particular, because of poor help-seeking. Studying seems to be stressful, with potential problematic factors being leaving the nest and forming an identity, trying to excel in a highly competitive environment, seeking financial freedom, COVID-19, etc. Different mental health problems, such as ADHD, using alcohol and drugs, eating disorders, loneliness, etc., may impact academic performance negatively. We encourage scholars to submit studies that look into various successful initiatives/methods/programs/interventions that target academic performance through improving the mental health aspects of students. Nowadays, several universities provide students with (e)health interventions on various health- and study-related subjects (i.e., mental health literacy, self-monitoring, and providing various exercises such as mindfulness, time management, and practicing self-compassion). Initiatives come from different therapeutic angles (such as positive psychology, CBT, etc.), and take on different forms (i.e., eHealth, therapeutic groups, and peer projects). Important research questions are also: How do we, on a continuous basis, improve mental health to help students’ academic performance? And: How in this effort do we take into account extra-vulnerable students? What are fruitful preventive efforts? How can students be stimulated to seek help for their mental health problems when needed? How do we keep students informed about several available mental health services?

We, the special Guest Editors, invite scholars to submit articles about the relationship between various mental health initiatives and academic performance.

Dr. Claudia M. Van der Heijde
Prof. Dr. Guido Van Hal
Guest Editors

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  • university students
  • academic performance
  • mental health status
  • drug use
  • alcohol use
  • ADHD
  • study drugs
  • prevention
  • (school-based) mental health services
  • (school-based) mental health programs
  • (school-based) mental health interventions

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