Experiences of bereavement can have detrimental impacts on a young adults’ life, but are universities doing enough to provide sufficient support?
The findings of a study done Jovita Tan and Karl Andriessen indicate the importance of social support for bereaved students, and the complimentary role of peer and professional support. They claim academic institutions should offer supportive services tailored to both students and professionals to help bereaved students.
How much impact does this have?
40% of students have experienced the death of a friend or relative before the age of 18, and 50% to 75% of mental health problems in adulthood have their onset before the age of 24 years.
Are students sufficiently supported?
Some students from the research emphasized the lack of success they had in accessing the university help services. The participants cited the inadequate supply of services as the primary difficulty encountered, with availability difficult to come by.