You are an employment support worker providing School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) at a local high school. Corey is a 17-year-old in Year 12. He has received additional supports regarding his learning difficulties in all subjects throughout his years at secondary school.
You have been assisting Corey each week for the past two months, to build his ability and confidence to work with a Disability Employment Service (DES) when he leaves school at the end of the year e.g. money handling, time management, travel and other employment readiness skills.
Corey is a quiet person, but he has gradually built his trust in you and has been enthusiastic about trying new things to build up his skills in readiness to work. For some weeks he was keen to show you any homework he had completed from your previous session.
Over the past two weeks he has become very negative about his homework, his friends and life in general and much less willing to participate in any activities with you. This week when he shows you his homework you notice multiple scars on his arm, some healed or partially healed, and some which appear to be recent injuries.
It is inappropriate to make judgements or comments about someone’s symptoms, medications or treatments.
How you react is important:
What you could say:
What approach you could take:
What you should avoid doing and saying:
Support escalation if needed: You can call the Mental Health Line 1800 011 511. If you feel it is an emergency situation call 000.
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