Concern for Family Member

When you are at University and have some distance from your home life it is easy to reflect on what is happening at home.

You are also meeting a lot of new people who might come from different places and have had very different lives before coming to University when compared to yourself. All of this can lead you to be concerned about family members or situations at home.  

Should you find that you are concerned about your family members or your home life there is support available to you at University 

Some of the things you might be concerned about include:  

    • Emotional, physical or financial abuse 
    • Drug or alcohol misuse  
    • A family member's behaviour  

How can the University Support you?

The University can provide you with support to process what is happening or what has happened. If you feel like your mental wellbeing has been impacted by your concerns, you can request support through the Mental Wellbeing Referral Form. 

If you think that you need to report your concern(s) to an external agency, like the police, the University can support you with this as well.  

What to do next?

Immediate Danger

If you fear that someone is in immediate danger you should contact emergency services by calling 999. 

Ask for Guidance

If you do not think the person is in immediate danger, it might be a good idea to ask for guidance from a Wellbeing Adviser through our Mental Wellbeing Referral form.

External Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am just over-reacting?

There is no way to tell if you are over-reacting about something or not until you have either talked to the person you are concerned about, or you have asked someone else for guidance. It can be tricky to know when to step in and help or ask for help on behalf of someone else but at the end of the day it is better to be safe than sorry. If it, then turns out that there was nothing to be concerned about then at least you relax and not be concerned about it anymore. If it was something to be concerned about then you will have helped someone out of what could have been a very terrible situation for them. 

Last Updated: 4th September 2022