Alliance and Suicide Prevention Lab

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Projects

The Influence of Campus Culture on Mental Health Help-Seeking Intentions

By Jason Chen, Ph.D.

Masters Thesis defended in 2013


Project Overview

Mental health issues are widespread on college campuses.  However, the majority of these individuals do not seek help.  Prior research suggests many factors which may be related to mental health help-seeking including age, gender, and prior treatment experience.  There has however been little work considering the context of the college campus on mental health help-seeking, specifically the influence of campus culture. Accounting for the context of mental health help-seeking may help to determine which social groups have the greatest influence on mental health treatment processes.
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between perceived peer, student body, and faculty/administrator perspectives on different aspects influencing mental health help-seeking including attitudes towards treatment, stigma, and treatment barriers.  Two hundred and twelve participants were recruited for the study.  Data supported mediation for personal attitudes and barriers for the relationship between campus culture variables and mental health help-seeking.  Implications for campus mental health policy efforts and directions for future studies are discussed.