The best way to build your confidence in responding appropriately to students with mental health difficulties is through training. This may be offered in your institution through the staff development unit, the Counselling Service or the disability unit. If training events are not available, open discussion amongst staff in your department who are involved in fieldwork can also be valuable. This page suggests further printed resources which may be useful.
Some higher education guidance on disability makes no mention of mental problems at all, and in one case the only suggestion made is to refer the student to the university chaplain! Here are some of the more useful resources:
Access Summit (undated) Handbook for staff supporting students experiencing mental and emotional distress (Manchester, Access Summit). Available on disk from Access Summit, Joint Universities Disability Resource Centre, St Peter's House, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GH.
AMOSSHE (2001): Responding to Student Mental Health Issues: ‘Duty of Care’ responsibilities in higher education. Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education.
Grant, A. (1999) Helping Students in Difficulty: a guide for personal tutors and other staff (Leicester: University of Leicester).
Lago, C. & Shipton, G. (1995) Personal Tutoring in Action: a handbook for staff involved in working with and supporting students (Sheffield: Sheffield University Counselling Service).
Open University (1994) Supporting Students with Mental Health Difficulties: guidelines for tutorial and counselling staff. Compiled by members of the University's Mental Health Working Group.
Open University (2000) Supporting Students with Mental Health Difficulties. Open Teaching Toolkit. Second edition (Milton Keynes: Open University).
Woolfson, M. (undated) Identifying and Responding to Students in Difficulty (Nottingham: University of Nottingham).
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