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

Identifying and Responding to Students in Difficulty

Identifying mental illness is a job for clinicians, but any member of staff that has a responsibility to students should be aware of the signs that indicate students who may be having problems that could be a cause for concern. Many people are anxious about how to respond to those with mental illness — there is much fear, ignorance and stigma, exacerbated by common attitudes of society in general, and the media in particular, to mental illness. Whether you know it or not, you will inevitably have had many interactions with people who have, or have had, a diagnosed mental illness but whose behaviour and reactions to others is unremarkable. This section gives brief guidance to help you to:

A separate section gives information about your responsibilities in respect of Confidentiality.

Further, more detailed guidance is given in the booklet Helping Students in Difficulty (Grant, 1999), listed in the Further Information section.

Page updated 14 December 2001

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