Student’s Perception of School-Related Factors of Mental Health Problems

D. Solomon Ojonugwa, Abdullahi Yakubu, Eberechukwu Joy O. Idoko


The Nigerian university system is experiencing high levels of disturbing mental health-related issues. The above scenario calls for concern about the mental health status of Nigerian students. The study seeks to explore the perception of students concerning disturbing mental health issues from the viewpoint of school-related factors. Two purposes, research questions, and two hypotheses guided the study. The study employed a survey research design. The study revealed that; the fear of failure in school, pressure from parents, pressure from teachers, academic pressure, school workload, and relationship failure associated with bullying are possible school-related factors to mental health problems in Nigerian universities. The study recommends the overhaul and the establishment of guidance counseling and mental health management units in all Nigerian universities, and that the National Universities Commission should as a matter of policy enactment and implementation mandate all universities to examine the mental health status of students that should be admitted into Nigerian universities.


Mental health issue; School-related factor; Student perception

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