If your attempts to engage a student in conversation fails the first time, keep an eye out for them and keep trying.

Occasionally students may reveal they self harm, or have suicidal thoughts. It is important not to panic if students talk about self-harm or suicide. For more information about this see session 05 - Students at Risk or in Crisis.

However, it is always okay to ask a student if they feel safe, or if they have thoughts about ending their own life.

If students disclose they are experiencing some of the symptoms in this section, it would be appropriate to encourage them to visit their GP and to signpost them to relevant support services in the university, such as the Counselling/Wellbeing Service, or the mental health adviser.

Links to support services where you can find more information about mental health and emotional well-being are available in Resources - Links.

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