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

Case Studies and Discussion Scenarios

Discussion scenario 2

You are preparing for a field course in Scotland, 300 miles away from your campus. Shortly before the course, Thomas comes to see you to tell you that he has a diagnosed mental illness. He is on medication, and is seeing a psychiatrist once a week. He is very keen to take part in the field course, but he is very anxious that he may not be able to cope in the unfamiliar situation.

  1. What would be your reaction to his disclosure?
  2. What advice would you give him?
  3. What actions might you take to help him to cope with the field experience?
  4. Does anyone else need to know?

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