Life as a student can be great and exciting, but sometimes involves situations that may appear tough or demanding. At times, you may need support in how to handle things. In order for Umeå University to have better opportunities to offer you the right support when you need it, the university participates in a project about, and for, students' mental health, which is run by the World Health Organization, WHO.
How you can contribute
In order for us to know how you actually are feeling as a student, and if your health situation changes during the study period, we invite all first semester undergraduate programme students to fill in a health questionnaire. The questionnaire comes in an email that is sent out in the middle of November, 2022.
The questionnaire contains questions about your physical and mental health. If you are one of those who will receive the email, your answers are very valuable to us regardless of how you feel when you receive the survey. They will help us in developing helpful forms of support to our students.
The answers will be processed in such a way that no unauthorized persons can access them. You will receive more detailed information about how your personal data and answers will be processed, in the email containing the link to the questionnaire.
What happens next?
At the end of the questionnaire, there is information on where to turn for those who need support for their health situation. Within the project, digital support is being developed with an intention to be offered in the future.
Who receives the survey and how long does the project last?
All students who are taking their first semester in an undergraduate study programme during the autumn semester 2022, will receive the email containing an invitation to the questionnaire. The same students will then be given the opportunity to participate in a follow-up survey once a year until 2024. The survey group will be expanded gradually so that new undergraduate programme students during the upcoming semesters will also be invited to participate.
About the project
The survey is part of the global research project "World Health Organization (WHO) World Mental Health International College Student Initiative (WMH-ICS)". Umeå University participates together with several universities in Sweden and in about 20 countries around the world. The project has been going on since 2012 and Umeå University has participated since 2021.
The long-term project goal is to prevent mental illness in students by systematically following up on how students are doing and developing and offering quality-assured initiatives for students who need support for being in as good health as possible.
At Umeå University, the Student Health Service within the Student Services Office coordinates the project. The University Management and the student unions are participating actors. The Swedish Research Council contributes with around SEK 5 million to the Swedish part of the project. In addition to Umeå University, a number of Swedish universities and colleges are participating, including the universities of Gothenburg, Uppsala, Stockholm, Malmö, Linnaeus, and the Royal College of Music.