Re: When to refer students

A student’s need for help may be expressed to you explicitly , or may be implicit in the way s/he talks about a problem. You may notice signs from a student’s appearance or behaviour that s/he is experiencing difficulties. Such signs can include:

    · marked changes in attendance, academic performance

    · alterations in appearance such as weight change, decline in standard of dress or personal hygiene

    · obvious changes in mood , including agitation, signs of withdrawal or reluctance
    to engage with the rest of the group

    · aggressive behaviour

    · signs of alcohol or drug abuse

    · changes in the attitudes of other students to the individual concerned

    · physical symptoms (head-aches, insomnia, digestive problems) that may be psychosomatic in origin

Sometimes, the signs can be less obvious or clear-cut. Please do contact one of the counsellors if you wish to discuss whether or not to make a referral, or if you have any other query about doing so. You will find contact details below.