One day ‘Supporting students who are experiencing mental distress’ course

Course aims – by the end of this course delegates will have:

  • a detailed understanding of the types of mental health problems particularly prevalent in student populations
  • developed strategies to support students whilst maintaining their own boundaries
  • understood their legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010
  • recognised the importance of looking after their own mental well-being by developing resilience, coping strategies and building support networks

Course outline

  • particular challenges faced by students in the 21st century
  • types of mental health problems commonly identified in the student population – including anxiety, depression, substance dependency and self-harm
  • social media and electronic communication – their role in mental distress and how they be used more fruitfully
  • a ‘whole institution’ approach – promoting well-being, facilitating disclosure and signposting for support
  • recognising when a student is struggling with their mental health, often in the absence of a disclosed mental health problem
  • stigma and its effects on disclosure
  • positive approaches to talking with students about mental health
  • useful approaches to expressing concern about a individual’s mental health
  • the Equality Act 2010 and reasonable adjustments
  • supporting students when mental distress impacts on their studies, attendance etc
  • resources and support available – self-help, helplines and websites, apps and mindfulness
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