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dc.contributor.authorEl-abbar, Nada 12:58:04 (GMT) 05:50:05 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractBackground: Medical students that reside in high-conflict areas are at risk for developing mental health challenges. Moreover, the stigmatization of mental disorders in Libya have reduced the collection and reporting of local research about mental health. Libya is in need of more scientific research about mental health to support awareness around this topic. Previous studies have illustrated that professors play a significant part in supporting students’ mental health and can minimize the stigma around mental illnesses. Objectives: The study had three objectives: first to explore how university students and faculty members perceive mental health at The North African University (NFU). Second, to understand what influences students and faculty in accessing supports/treatment for mental health. Third, to understand NFU and faculty supports for student mental health. Methods: A total of 21 qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with medical students (n=11) and medical professors (n=10) from NFU. Research objectives and interview guide questions utilized a symbolic interactionist approach. Interview transcripts were analyzed using inductive thematic analysis. Interview transcripts were coded using NVivo software. Results: Findings illustrated that medical students and professors had a negative perception of mental health. The study found that there were no mental health supports present at NFU. Medical students utilized informal mental health supports for their mental health challenges. Students and professors highlighted the need to implement mental health supports and raise awareness for mental health on campus. Contribution: Minimal research in Libya has occurred to investigate how medical students and professors perceive mental health. Exploring how future and current healthcare professionals communicate their understanding of mental health in their community may raise awareness about this topic. This could allow for evidence that will help improve access to mental health supports at NFU.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.titleThe perception of mental health amongst medical students and instructors in Libya: A qualitative studyen
dc.typeMaster Thesisen
dc.pendingfalse of Public Health Sciencesen Health and Health Systemsen of Waterlooen
uws-etd.degreeMaster of Scienceen
uws-etd.embargo.terms4 monthsen
uws.contributor.advisorYessis, Jennifer
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Healthen

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