Support for students experiencing mental health difficulties

Whereas the other three components of MindMatters focus on prevention, this component takes a closer look at detection and early intervention. What should school staff be looking for? When should they be concerned, and how should they respond? And how can schools link to appropriate support so that students experiencing difficulties get the help they need and remain engaged in school?


Target Area 7 RECOGNISING AND RESPONDING TO STUDENTS EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTIES

4.1

How schools help students

Target Audience

Staff

Why should school staff be concerned with student mental health? And how could they possibly do anything about it? This module explores why school is a great context for developing positive mental health and wellbeing in students, and how easily school staff can help.
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4.2

Youth mental health difficulties

Target Audience

Staff

In any school you are likely to meet students experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties with varying levels of severity. This module shows you how to think about the situation in a productive way.
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4.3

When should I be concerned?

Target Audience

Staff

Mental health issues aren’t always obvious, and average adolescent behaviour can sometimes cloud the situation even further. This module provides a framework for your observations, and some indicators for when you should be concerned.
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4.4

Helping individual students

Target Audience

Staff

School staff don’t have to take on the world and solve every mental health difficulty they encounter. This module shows how a simple, structured conversation and a good referral process can make a world of difference to struggling students.
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4.5

Understanding friends and peers

Target Audience

Staff teach students

Adolescence is a time of immense change. This can be stressful and unsettling, meaning that a young person may be more vulnerable to mental health difficulties during this time. This module is for you to use with students. It gives students basic information about mental health. If they or their friends are having difficulties, this module also shows what signs and symptoms they might notice and what support is available.
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4.6

Looking after your friends

Target Audience

Staff teach students

Students with mental health difficulties will often seek support from or confide in friends. This can place a huge burden on a young person who may not know how to support their friend or seek help. This module is for you to use with students. It shows practical ways students can help a friend who is experiencing difficulties.
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