Mental health challenges, treatment experiences, and care needs of post-secondary students: a cross-sectional mixed-methods study

In this study, a broad‑scoping online survey was publicly distributed to post‑secondary students, collecting demographic, sociocultural, economic, and educational information while assessing various components of mental health. In total, 448 students across post‑secondary institutions in Ontario, Canada, responded to the survey. Over a third of respondents reported a formal mental health diagnosis. Depression and generalized anxiety disorder were the most commonly reported diagnoses. Most respondents felt that post‑secondary students did not have good mental health and had inadequate coping strategies. The most frequently reported barriers to care were financial, long wait times, insufficient resources, time constraints, stigma, cultural barriers, and past negative experiences with mental health care.

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