Expectations of the university to post-graduation transition of students with mental health conditions

Rebecca Lucas, Eilidh Cage, Alana James

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The number and percentage of students with mental health conditions (MHC) attending university is increasing. Students with MHC can be well supported during their time at university, but receive less support with the transition from university to post-graduation. This time is characterised by great change and can be accompanied by mixed feelings. This paper presents preliminary data on the transition expectations and perceptions of 35 students with MHC. High levels of fear and low levels of preparedness regarding the transition were reported. Only 55-60% of students had accessed transition-related or careers-related support, but those who had found it productive. Students suggested that more condition-specific support, and support in the form of workshops, lectures and 1:1 meetings would be beneficial. This knowledge can be used to better support students with MHC with the university to post-graduation transition.

© 2018, The British Psychological Society. The attached document (embargoed until 01/07/2018) is an author produced version of a paper published in PSYCHOLOGY TEACHING REVIEW uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self- archiving policy. The final published version (version of record) is available online at the link below. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychology Teaching Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Mental health conditions
  • undergraduate students
  • transition
  • higher education
  • employment

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