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Identifying Mental Health Distress

The following is a 'checklist' of common signs of mental health disturbance:

  • changes in mood eg sad, irritable, elated, violent, weepy
  • changes in appearance, eg unkempt, weight loss/gain, eccentric clothes, jewellery, make-up
  • social isolation
  • confusion
  • breakdown of previously stable relationships
  • loss of concentration
  • loss of motivation
  • hyper-activity
  • deterioration in work performance
  • loss of touch with reality ie hearing, seeing, experiencing things not shared by others around them
  • conversations extremely negative or non-sensical
  • threatening to harm themselves or others
  • increased alcohol/drugs consumption

NB most of the above could be connected with healthy experimentation.

If, after consulting this list, you are concerned about a particular student, you may wish to take action. It may be important to communicate your concerns to someone who is responsible for taking action on behalf of the student. If it is your responsibility, it may be useful to arrange a meeting with the student and share your concerns, gathering information so that you can make an informed choice as to your action.

If you have concerns about the mental health of a student, contact the University Mental Health Co-ordinators for information.

For an urgent mental health assessment contact the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team (the ASWs, Approved Social Workers) on 0845 6044 000. Patients may present in person to the walk in centre at the Coventry and Warwickshire site hospital which is in Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry town centre. The walk-in telephone number is 024 7622 4055. If the address of the student is off campus and in the Leamington area, the contact is St Mary’s Mental Health Resource Centre at 12 St Mary’s Road, Leamington Spa tel: 01926 339261 which is available from 9am to 5pm.