Tragically, suicide has been established as the leading cause of death among young people between 15 and 24 years of age, as a result, mental health is now becoming a massive focus across higher education facilities.
Education professionals are having to adapt their working methods to not only provide the best care and education possible in the classroom, but the best standard of care for their students whilst they are outside of the classroom too.
Duty of care to students is becoming a larger demand on the time and resources of schools and universities and this is a good thing!
In the last year, the number of students reporting mental health problems has risen by an astonishing 390%.
With so many young adults suffering from mental health problems, they need as much support as we can give them so that we can give them the best possible chance at a valuable and rewarding future.
What are the symptoms of mental health issues?
The signs of mental health problems can be difficult to spot, so we’ve put together this list of symptoms to help you to try and identify when you may have a student in crisis.
If you believe that any of your students are suffering from one or more of these symptoms then make sure that you investigate – You could save a life!
You can find additional help and advice regarding mental health issues by getting in touch with a mental health charity.
Symptoms of mental health disorders include:
- Confused thinking
- Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
- Feelings of extreme highs and lows
- Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
- Social withdrawal
- Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Strong feelings of anger
- Strange thoughts (delusions)
- Seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations)
- Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
- Suicidal thoughts
- Numerous unexplained physical ailments
- Substance use
The best way to tackle mental health is to arm your people with the knowledge that they need to be able to identify and prevent harm to the highest possible standard.
You can gain access to a lot of insight this topic and learn about the best practices for dealing with mental health issues by attending the 2018 Student conference.