Providing Learning Support for Students with Mental Health Difficulties Undertaking Fieldwork and Related Activities

Fieldwork for Students with Mental Health Difficulties — a Particular Cause for Concern?

Amongst the different teaching and learning modes that we use, fieldwork has perhaps the greatest potential to put students into unfamiliar and testing situations in which they may feel anxious and unable to cope. Students on fieldwork are likely to be:

Despite the conviviality of fieldwork, students may still feel very much on their own and very anxious: the fieldwork experience may therefore exacerbate existing difficulties. There is still a stigma attached to mental illness and therefore a possibility that staff are unaware of a student's problems and unprepared for any difficulties that the fieldwork experience may provoke. Other students may also be exposed to behaviours of their peers that they were not previously aware of.

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