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Mental Health

This Grand Challenge focuses on how to overcome mental health access barriers (the treatment gap) for people from specific backgrounds such as ethnic minorities, disability, neurodiversity, and gender nonconforming communities. 

Student projects created during the programme have potential to inform University, local, regional and national initiatives. 

This guide highlights a range of resources to explore various aspects of this challenge.


Library Search

Library Search

Use Library Search to find mental health related book and journal content from a range of full text resources.


You can search for broad topics like student mental health and browse by date to see the latest publications. Or you can run more focused topic searches on things such as self help support, play therapy or the impact of social media.

Here are some sample searches - but try some some of your own.

"treatment gap" AND mental health

mental health self help

mental health AND ethnic minorities

student mental health

young people mental health 

student wellbeing university

mental health literacy university

Top Tip! Refine your search results to online results only whilst you are researching away from the Library


Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
Sociology Collection Database
Coronavirus Research Database

News Sources

Student mental health and wellbeing topics are heavily featured in news reporting.  You can explore some of the University's current newspaper services for up to date commentary on these issues

Recommended new source

The Times Higher Education Supplement includes commentary from staff and students and HE commentators on many aspects of mental heralth and wellbeing of students.


Google Scholar Search

You can use Google Scholar to quickly search across a broad range of scholarly literature. Use this sample search and then run some searches on other topics relevant to your challenge.

Use the Making the most of Google Scholar LibGuide for advice on running effective searches.

Reading Well

Reading Well, run by the Reading Agency, provides national resources to support health and wellbeing. Collections available include Reading Well for teens, Reading Well for Children and Reading Well for mental health

Wellbeing Collection

Wellbeing and Leisure Collection LibGuide

Take a look at the Library's Wellbeing and Leisure Collection LibGuide.  This highlights a selection of books to help support health and wellbeing, as well as a number of fiction and non fiction titles for general relaxation, enjoyment and advice on everyday living.

A  Library Wellbeing Games Collection is also available

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