Yes, it does. Some student cohorts have been identified as being at increased risk of mental ill-health, including young people (aged up to 25 years),(1, 2) international students,(3) rural/regional students,(4) law and medicine students,(5-8) students from low socio-economic backgrounds,(9) PhD students,(10) and students with physical disabilities.(11) Other student groups may also benefit from differentiated strategies to support mental health and wellbeing including students who are the first in their family to attend university,(12) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students,(13) students who identify as LGBTIQ+,(14) and students with existing mental health conditions.(15,16)
The framework emphasises the importance of tailoring approaches to meet students’ needs and the full report provides further information on strategies to support those students at increased risk of mental ill-health.
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