Entering tertiary education can present challenges for young people: they are in a new and unfamiliar setting which typically provides less structure than high school, and for many it is their first time living away from their parents. Unsurprisingly, these challenges may be associated with mental health issues. A review published in 2010 reported that up to nearly half of the students report some sort of mental health issue, and over three-quarters sometimes experience moderate distress.
The presentation will provide an overview of a structured project to map and review the global evidence, and then use what is learned from this to design and implement a randomized controlled trial at Lanzhou University.
Phase One-Evidence and gap map and systematic reviews: We will conduct an evidence and gap map based on a comprehensive search covering prevalence and risk factors, interventions, and consequences; Phase Two-Formative research: It shall include a study of current provision, and, using a survey design informed by the measurement review, undertake a survey of Lanzhou University students; Phase Three-Formative evaluation: The evidence from the reviews, and the survey, will be used to discuss with key stakeholders such as the existing mental health services as to which interventions to adopt in Lanzhou. The feasibility and acceptability of these interventions will then be tested through formative evaluation; Phase Four-RCT: Phase four is the full-RCT, which is expected to be a multi-arm trial.
We hope our work will attract whatever from African researchers who we can collaboration wish in future work.
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