Hi, I'm Luke from the Student Wellbeing team.
We know that responding to students’ mental health needs can be one of the most challenging roles of an educator.
After all, you’re here to teach – not be a counsellor.
So when a student is distressed, it can be hard to know how to best respond.
Or even what’s expected of you in your role.
And at a personal level, we can worry about our students and if they’re going to be okay.
All of this leaves an emotional impact on us.
As educators, your role is to help students engage in what you’re trying to teach them and this involves recognising the issues that are getting in the way of this happening. So, what can you do?
What does caring for student wellbeing look like at RMIT?
If we imagine a continuum of caring at one end we have putting your head in the sand and avoiding the issue entirely.
This is not great for student outcomes. At the other end we have trying to take on the problems of the student and solve them, which is not great for your mental health and can blur your professional boundaries. What we’re aiming for is that sweet spot in the middle of the continuum. So what does that look like?
Firstly, we recognise the issue when it shows up.
If a student is distressed or acting strangely, or shares a concern with you – we pay attention.
Secondly, we express concern and communicate the limits of your role. We say things like “thank you for sharing this with me”, “I’m concerned for you”, “It sounds like you’re dealing with a lot”, “The best way I can help you is by linking you in with the right support”
Thirdly, we know the protocols. There is a Guide for how to respond to students in distress, particularly who you need to contact when a student requires immediate assistance. Lastly, we get other people involved.
You don’t want to be carrying this by yourself. Get advice from colleagues, managers or the RMIT counselling service. Taking these steps gives you peace of mind that you’re doing all you can – while allowing you to focus on your main job of helping students get the most out of your course.
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