Presentation on theme: "Study Support for Students with Mental Health Issues Karisa Krcmar Tina Horsman ADSHE ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013: Putting Principles into Practice - 1:1 Tuition."— Presentation transcript:
Study Support for Students with Mental Health Issues Karisa Krcmar Tina Horsman ADSHE ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013: Putting Principles into Practice - 1:1 Tuition and Support
Aims for today Understand key elements of major, DSA recognised, mental health conditions. Explore strategies suitable for students with mental health issues through case studies.
Packs PowerPoint slides Mental Health Recovery Star (Mental Health Providers Forum) Mental Health Recover Ladder of Change (Mental Health Providers Forum) Study Star (adapted from Mental Health Providers Forum) Example of crisis response pathway Some helpful websites Post-it Notes for questions
What is good mental health? make the most of the opportunities play a full part amongst our family workplace, community and friends linked with our physical health key to living a fulfilling life
Physical and mental health … Underpins learning (motivation, interest, concentration, enthusiasm) Can help/hinder how someone goes about their learning (anxiety, depression, stress) Daily emotions help someone decide whether they are having a good overall ‘student experience’
Social exclusion – the big issues Disrupts life Pushed out of society Ceases to participate Social exclusion Lose hope for the future Lose sight of potential Discrimination and stigma Risky business
Mental Health Is the most common type of disability amongst young people aged years. (e.g. Loughborough University) students. Comes under Equality Act 2010.
Terminology Neurosis: mental disorder with an organic basis Psychosis: more severe internal basis
We have access to: Mental health support team - anybody else have this? Information will be in Needs Assessment - student will have copy and you can ask them - but it’s not always available.
Mental Health concerns considered today OCD Eating disorder Anxiety & stress Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Depression Bi-polar disorder Schizophrenia
Recovery Star & Ladder of Change Models from Mental Health Providers Forum (cc)
Study Ladder of Change Stuck Accepting Help Believing Learning Self-Reliance
Case Studies Adam - OCD, anxiety, stress, eating disorder Faith - Asylum Seeker, PTSD, Depression Sophie - Bi-polar disorder Imran - Schizophrenic
Adam OCD, anxiety, stress, eating disorder Undergraduate in geography. 1 st year at different university, came into 2 nd year at new university. No EP available. No Needs Assessment available.
Adam OCD On edge; pessimistic; negative Fear of failure (constant; unable to make decisions; difficulty concentrating; avoids difficult situations; denies or overthinks a problem AnxietyStress Disordered Eating Feeling high; poor concentration; feeling tired and weak; focussed on food (essays)
How does Adam present? Attitude nervous anxious takes time to settle Behaviour rituals passive everything is a problem Learning has to follow routine memory concentration Knowledge knows small amount about lots of subjects cannot always make links between cause and effect Links to study support: - concentration – reading, writing, revision, exams
Strategies Reading to locate information Selecting if relevant
Faith Post traumatic stress disorder & depression Undergraduate in Social Psychology. 1 st year at different university. Doctor’s letter (confidential, no access unless student wishes to share). Needs Assessment recommends study support for research, anxiety, work management, organisation.
Faith An asylum seeker from Somalia PTSD Feeling detached; disturbed sleep; easily startled; avoids situations that reminds them of trauma; intrusive thoughts/images; OCD-type behaviour; feelings of guilt Depression Memory; procrastination; self- blame/guilt; negative; bleak future; tired; difficulty sleeping; moves slowly
How does Faith present? Attitude timid, disinterested, changeable, anxious Attitude timid, disinterested, changeable, anxious Behaviour disorganised, bad timekeeping, passive, inconsistent Behaviour disorganised, bad timekeeping, passive, inconsistent Learning styles vary, memory, Ideas, Inconsistent, concentration Knowledge vocabulary (2 nd language), conceptual, contextual (educational background) Links to study support: - procrastination, time management, self esteem, confidence, concentration, stress & anxiety
Study Support Activities Sorted - the daily organiser
Sophie Bi-polar Undergraduate in Textiles: Innovation and Design 2nd year Came with assessment Needs assessment shows 1:1 for memory issues and organisation
Sophie Bi-polar Talks fast Racing thoughts Lack of concentration Poor judgement Impulsive Self-centred Extreme irritability Chronic fatigue Sense of worthlessness Guilt Lack of concentration Poor memory Loss of interest Highs Lows
How does she present? Knowledge: good some contextual things missing Behaviour disorganised jumps in bad timekeeping Learning: poor memory rushes through surface learner Attitude keen for help changeable anxious Links to study support: - concentration, impulsivity, memory, self-esteem, motivation
Organisation Simple to do list, can create several lists, can add sub-lists and extra notes https://evernote.com/ https://evernote.com/ Saves your ideas, video, audio
I can finish a task
Imran Schizophrenia Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering. 2nd year. Doctor’s letter (confidential, no access unless student is willing to share). No Needs Assessment available. 1 st year was OK - didn’t come for support, now referred from Mental Health Support Team.
Imran Schizophrenia Delusions Concentration Expression Lack of interest Avoidance Thought disorder Over reliance on tutor
How does Imran present? Attitude: interested, outgoing, pleasant Attitude: interested, outgoing, pleasant Behaviour: reasonably organised, anxious, slow reading/working, can sometimes lose motivation Learning: poor memory, difficulty concentrating Knowledge: good, some contextual things missing Links to study support: - organisation, stress management, memory
IllnessRecoveryStressAnxietyRelapse This way with study support
Tiredness & lack of motivation Depression Panic Excessive anxiety Introverted and introspective (a world of your own) Staring without blinking
Strategies Keep stress and anxiety low - exams / revision /strategies to avoid impulsivity revision schedule small, manageable chunks exam time break down question draw out time keeping in exam liaise with MHT on relaxation strategies. awareness of own feelings - anxiety levels rising.
Implications for Study Support Is this familiar? Perhaps we know more than we thought. We do have tools already.
How do we, as tutors, respond? Attitude … frustration Attitude … frustration Behaviour … irritation Learning … inadequate Knowledge … recognise the need to acquire it
Crisis response plan Ensure you know the procedure of the organisation for crisis response. Emergency phone number? Support staff? Health centre? What’s your responsibility?
Tutors SpLDMental Health
Conclusion Many areas cross over. Where we talk of co-occurrence of SpLDs there is co-occurrence of characteristics with mental health issues. They may not be SpLD students but we can use our toolbox. We have to recognise their learning characteristics. We should have the confidence to support.