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How are you feeling, as a student?

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 on how to handle things. In order for Umeå University to better 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

As a first step, we need to know how our students are actually feeling and if the health situation changes during the study period. Therefore, we hope that all first semester undergraduate programme students will want to fill in the health questionnaire that will be sent as a link in an email on 17 November. The sender of that email will be the "Swedish WHO-WMH-ICS survey". The email addresses have been retrieved from the study administration system Ladok.

The questionnaire contains questions about your physical and mental health. If you are one of those who receive the email, your answers are very valuable to us regardless of how you feel when you receive the survey, to enable us to develop helpful forms of support to students.

The answers will be processed so that no unauthorized persons can access them. More detailed information about how personal data and answers will be processed will be presented 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 in autumn semester 2021 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. 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 to be in as good health as possible.

Participating partners

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, so far the Gothenburg, Uppsala, Stockholm, Malmö and Linnaeus universities are participating. More universities are on joining the project shortly.

Would you like more information?

Contact Ann-Kristin Sandström, the Student Health Service at the Student Services Office.