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

Preparation and Communication

Transport and travel

Travelling to unknown destinations can make most of us anxious; some aspects of travel may be particularly anxiety provoking, for example air travel or coach journeys in mountainous regions. Give clear and detailed information about every stage of the journey and each day in the field when there are journeys to be made so that students are not unnecessarily worried, and can prepare themselves for the journeys.

"The bus will leave at 6am and arrive about 3pm" may not include enough information to allay the anxieties of some of the students. Include brief information on each aspect of the travel involved. For example:

The bus will leave from outside the Geography main entrance at 6.30 am on Monday 1st May.

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