Exploring poor sleep, mental health, and help-seeking intention in university students


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



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