Responding to student mental health challenges during and post-COVID 19

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, educators around the globe seek to understand how to support students whose academic performance is impacted by mental health challenges. This article presents a co-operative inquiry undertaken by colleagues in Canada and Australia, responding to the question; what insights can the existing [University-1] framework of reflective questions offer to educationalists responding to student mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic? The risks and complexities of attending to student mental health needs are illustrated by a pandemic-informed case study that extends the framework into this unique context and illustrates the importance of respecting learning requirements, combating discrimination, protecting students’ rights and honouring professional and legislative mandates within all responses aimed at supporting student mental health resilience during COVID-19. This article acknowledges the limitations of previous practices guiding work with students with mental health needs during any period of crisis or disaster and demonstrates that the [University-1] framework assists in developing improved processes and policy grounded in social work’s commitment to social justice and critical reflection.

Key words: Mental health, online learning, COVID-19, resilience, social work, pedagogy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1821-1838
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number8
Early online date08 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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