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

Case Studies and Discussion Scenarios

Discussion scenario 1

Jane, Lucy and Laura are sharing a room during a fieldwork course. Jane and Lucy ask to see you in private; they seem rather distressed. They tell you that while they are all changing after coming in from the field, they noticed that Laura has small cuts all over her arms. Laura made no attempt to hide her arms from her fellow students but acted as if there is nothing untoward about her appearance. She seems to be enjoying the course, but Jane and Lucy are very worried about her, and want you to do something.

  1. How would you respond to Jane and Lucy?
  2. Would you approach Laura, and if so, how?
  3. If you yourself had noticed the cuts on Laura's arms, how would you have reacted?
  4. What would you do if Laura refused to discuss them?
  5. What other action should you take?
  6. Does anyone else need to know?

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