This paper intends to provide an understanding of how higher education can promote good mental health amongst university students in the post-COVID-19 era. Recent trends during the global pandemic outbreak have shown that mental health issues among students are increasingly on the rise. This affects students’ well-being and overall ability to function in their studies and daily life. In this research, a survey completed by 135 students from HAN International School of Business forms our sample. Our findings show that while performance demands are continuously increasing, students’ mental health is being more and more compromised. As students are in a particular age group vulnerable to establishing mental health disorders, they tend to fail to recognize and meet important needs to ensure healthy living. As a result, higher education needs to actively focus on the inclusion and promotion of mental health education and awareness and becomes more self-aware of its own impact on students’ mental health. We recommend that higher-education institutions implement a strategy, policy, model, or framework for mental health guidance at their institution that actively promotes a healthy balance for their students to support good mental health and improve their overall well-being.
Amir Moradi, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Vanessa Gerlach, HAN International University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Nicole Osentoski, HAN International University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands