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Supporting adults with mental health problems through further education

Buchanan, D; Warwick, I; (2020) Supporting adults with mental health problems through further education. Health Education Journal 10.1177/0017896920929739. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

AIM: To identify how a college of further (tertiary) education might promote the wellbeing of adults with mental health problems. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative study of the college-related experiences of people with mental health problems. SETTING: A further education college in inner-city London, UK. METHODS: Fifteen students, all of whom had been diagnosed with mental health problems, were selected from a range of courses, including those attending a special cookery class, those on mainstream courses, and former-students who had studied on one of a number of courses and who might or might not have completed their studies. Data were collected through two individual semi-structured interviews. RESULTS: Findings focus on barriers to learning outside and inside college and how these were overcome, as well as participants’ perceived links between learning and their mental health and wellbeing. CONCLUSION: Discussion highlights the necessity of ‘bridging’ between health and education services in order to enable adults with mental health problems to benefit from lifelong learning opportunities in a potentially transformative way.

Type: Article
Title: Supporting adults with mental health problems through further education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0017896920929739
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0017896920929739
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Adult learning, further education, mental health, transformative learning, wellbeing
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10101490
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