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

In the Field

Responding to emergencies

How should you respond? (Grant, 1999)

How should you respond? [d]

Despite the representations of the behaviours of those with mental illness in books, films and other media, the chance of emergencies occurring when the safety of any of those on the field course appears to be threatened is extremely small. Very occasionally, a students’ behaviour may give rise to very considerable concern. The student may:

In any of these cases, the need for intervention on behalf of the student may be urgent, and you should follow the procedures you have in place for dealing with serious physical illness. If you are faced with a situation where a student's behaviour suggests imminent danger, follow the six point plan:

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