Although the proposed moderation effect of poor-sleep quality on the relationship between common mental health problems and help-seeking intention was not supported, the study advanced our knowledge of university students’ low intention to seek help, despite high scores of poor-sleep quality. Implications for on-campus interventions and raising awareness among students about these issues are discussed.
What is already known about this topic?
- University students experience common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and stress.
- Some students do not seek help as symptoms increase.
- Poor-sleep quality is often comorbid to mental health problems.
What this topic adds?
- Increased levels of depression and anxiety reflect decreased sleep quality and decreased help-seeking intention.
- Help-seeking intention levels were lower for males than females.
- Shows the importance of investing in mental health literacy campaigns on campuses aimed at increasing students’ insight and decreasing negative perceptions of mental health problems.
Source: Exploring poor sleep, mental health, and help-seeking intention in university students | Australian Journal of Psychology 2017 doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12160