Signs that learners might be struggling with Mental Health
Starting College is daunting for any learner. Adjusting to a new study environment and the pressures of fitting in, making friends, meeting deadlines, achieving results as well as considering future options can easily become overwhelming. As a result it is important tutors can spot signs that learners might be struggling.
To honour World Suicide Prevention Day, we have put together key signs that could suggest learners may be struggling with their Mental Health:
- One of the earliest signs is increased tardiness or absences from class
- Student appears anxious, worried or scared
- Student seems withdrawn, silent and not making friends or no longer spending times with friends
- Poor concentration – student can’t focus or fidgets
- Sudden changes in behaviour uncharacteristic of the student – for example, students may show an increase in angry or aggressive behaviours
If you notice any of these signs and are concerned, there are tips on Mental Health Foundation’s website on how to support people struggling with their Mental Health.