Supporting students: Mental Health Journeys
Course of Study: Preparation for Health and Social Care
Your relationship to student: Lecturer
Amber has a nine month old son, and lives with her partner. Amber left school at 16 and this is her first time returning to education since then.Health:
Feels strees and under pressure. Has low self-esteem and low self-confidence. Often experiences anxiety.Issue student presents to you:
Amber missed class last week due to issues with childcare. She is worried about the upcoming assessment. You only have five minutes to chat to her before heading off to a departmental meeting.
NUS Scotland’s Bairn Necessities report looks at the issues facing student parents as they try to balance childcare, work and study. You can read the report here: www.nusconnect.org.uk/nus-scotland/policy/the-bairn-necessities
NUS Scotland’s Think Positive Self-Management resource is a useful document to help students identify ways to support their own mental health and to enable staff to support them too. You can find the resource here: www.thinkpositive.scot/resources