Mental health difficulties can significantly interfere with a student 's cognitive, emotional or social abilities. Educational adjustments in a school setting provide support for students with high support needs in mental health.
Clinical Care Providers may include public and private psychiatrists, specialist mental health nurses, psychologists, general practitioners and others with specialised mental health training.
While a single symptom or isolated event is rarely a sign of mental illness, a symptom that occurs frequently, lasts for several weeks or becomes a general pattern of an individual 's behaviour may indicate the onset of a more serious mental health problem that requires additional support. Some of the more significant indicators of a possible mental illness include:
Students who require educational adjustments as a result of a mental health difficulty will most likely be participating in some form of medical treatment intervention. Schools work in collaboration with Clinical Care Providers in hospitals and community agencies to ensure that students with high support needs in mental health are able to access the school curriculum, achieve curriculum outcomes and participate in school life.
A supportive learning environment is a major contributor to success at school for these students.
This section provides a number of fact sheets including:
Each fact sheet provides a brief overview of each disorder, its impact on education and possible educational adjustments.