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Look After Your Mate!
University of Salford and Student Minds
Increasing the skills and confidence required to support a friend who is experiencing difficulties
University of Salford:
"To have students at the centre of all interventions to improve student mental health"
"An institution in which we are confident in supporting our own mental wellbeing and each other, accessing services when needed"
Whilst there are many challanges and barriers to overcome, student mental health has developed a higher profile and focus on a national, regional and local level.For universities, this aknowledgement of the scale of the challenge is developing a support structure that will begin to address these issues in tandem with the NHS, Councils and the wider society
75% of mental health problems are establised by the age of 25
3.7% of all UK UCAS applicants declared a mental health condition in their application to study in 2020 - up from 0.7% in 2011
75% of student respondents with experience of mental health difficulties had disclosed to a fellow student
Female first year students are more likley than males first year students to disclose a mental health condition (2.5% compared to 1.4%)
What We Will Cover?
The SignsHow to EmpathiesHow to Talk to Your MateWhere to SignpostUnderstanding Boundaries
Have they become more withdrawn then usual? Have mates started to be quiet and are not concentrating on work etc?
Have they been avoiding social interactions or events? Do your mates not get involved in WhatsApp group chats, do they text less then they did, have they had minimal presence on social media than usual?
Avoiding Social Interactions
Have they cried a lot recently? Have you heard mates/housemates cry recently?
Cried A lot
Have there been significant changes in their eating habits? (eating more or less than usual) if you're living with your mates have their eating habits changed?
Have they not been taking care of themselves recently? Are they a little unkempt? Not looking after themselves
Not Taking Care of Themselves
Do they seem lethargic or preoccupied? If you're living with your mates do they seem lethargic and preoccupied
Lethargic or Preoccupied
Have you noticed a change in how they speak (rapidly, incoherently or slowly) or what they are saying ("I can't go on like this")? This can be during WhatsApp chats, phone/video calls and on socials
Change in How they Speak
- Don't push it, keep the door open
- Reaching out and offering a friendship can really help someone feel valued and supported
- Do they know how to contact you in the future?
What if they say no?
Starting a Conversation
- Go somewhere quiet, without interruptions
- Try find enough time
- Find a neutral space
- Do something relaxing
- If you're a rep, consider what relationship with that individual allows you to do
Empathy - The ability to understand and share feelings of another. To be able to understand how someone else feels
Empathy vs Sympathy Video
Ways to Talk to Your Mate
- These are questions that gives your mate the opportunity to give more then a yes or no answer.
- When talking to a friend about a sensative subject, how you say things make a huge difference:
Why say, "Why are you worried about talking to your SPA"Think about alternartives, "What is it that is worrying you about talking to your SPA"
- These are statements that recognise your friends strengths
"Hey, it's good to see you! I know yesterday you weren't sure you would make it in, so it's shown a lot of strength that you're here."
- Be encouraging and honest!
Ways to Talk to Your Mate
- Restate and clarify what the other person has said to better understand their point of view. Use phrases such as:
"It sounds as if...""What I am hearing is that..."
- At the end of the conversation run over the key points
- Let your friend know that this is what you are going to do. Briefly list the main topics you've covered and let your friend add or correct anything
"You're not sure that you want to stay at university but you haven't spoken to anyone about this becasue you are concerend about the reactuion you will get. At the same time, you feel that keeping this to yourself is putting you under pressure.""Did i miss anything?"
"So it's almost as if...""It seems that..."
If you have managed to talk and help your mate then that is brilliant. Somethimes it can be difficult to talk to them and if you seem to struggle you can always sign post them onto your SPA (Student Progression Advisors), Wellbeing and Counselling team and/or other organisationsDo not feel bad that you have not been able to help them as you intended, even a short conversation would have supported your friend more than you would have thought. To know that you are there for them gives your friend some hopeThe following slide will look at Internal Signposting (Within the Univesity of Salford) and External Signposting
AskUs firstname.lastname@example.org Wellbeing and Counselling email@example.comDisability and Inclusion firstname.lastname@example.orgReport and Support email@example.com
AskUs is at the core of our student support service, offering information and advice on matters such as finance, wellbeing and counselling, accommodation and more
SPA (Student Progression Advisors)
School of The Arts, Media and Creative Technology (SAMCT) SPA Team - firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Progression Advisors (SPA's) are your first port of contact in schools for questions around progression, offering advice and guidance for all non-module based issues and queries
They can refer to specialist support and services. You can always sign up to the university doctors
Call 116 123Email - email@example.com
"We give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. And we encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives"
Text 'SHOUT' to 85258
Shout is the UK's first and only free confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone struggling to cope
Student Minds works with students, service users, professionals and academics to develop new and innovative ways to improve the mental health of students
University of Salford Health Care
Student Minds Website
Barriers to Boundaries and the Benefits
Putting Boundaries in Place
- Have specific time for you
- Encourage your friend to build a wider support network
- Encourange your friend to seek more support
- Put your own priorities first, with alternative option
- Make sure you are getting support too
- It is ok if there are some things you aren't comfortable talking about
- You're not supposed to help with everything
Looking after yourself is incredibly important, make sure that you are safe too. Try not to feel guilty and think that something bad is going to happen. You can say no, even though its hard to
Barriers to Boundaries and the Benefits
Cost and Benefits of Having Boundaries
- Falling behind on studies; worrying, struggling with own wellbeing; becoming isolated from other friends, stretching yourself too thin to look after you
Cost to YOU not having boundaries establised:
- Looking after yourself
Benefits for YOU having boundaries:
- Good modelling of wellbeing; helps to establish trust
Benefits for YOUR FRIEND of having boundaries:
LOOK AFTER YOURSELF TOO
KEEP UP WITH YOUR USUAL INTERESTS AND RELATIONSHIPSREMEMBER THAT YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO HELP WITH EVERYTHINGMAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING SUPPORT TOO