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Bridging the divide : supporting people who use mental health services to enter higher education

Rowe, Nick (2010) Bridging the divide : supporting people who use mental health services to enter higher education. In: Cooper, Michael, (ed.) Changing the culture of the campus : towards an inclusive higher education - ten years on. London, European Access Network, pp. 6-16

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People with mental health problems can find it difficult to access good quality educational opportunities. The stigma that surrounds mental health and the social challenges that face a new student can seem daunting. As a means of creating a bridge into education that is both supportive and of good quality, the Faculty of Arts at York St John University offer theatre courses for users of mental health services. These courses are taught by tutors and third year students.
The project is a collaboration between the university and local mental health service providers. It is an innovation in line with current agendas with regard to widening participation and lifelong learning in the Higher Education sector and to social inclusion in the mental health field. It offers valuable ways for students to develop the attitudes and insights needed to work with people who use mental health services and it inevitably challenges the cultural attitudes that surround mental illness.
This paper discusses the development of the project and identifies the lessons learned so far based on participant and student evaluations.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Papers from the 18th Annual Conference of the European Access Network. York St John University 22-24 June 2009
Status: Published
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1151

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