Dr Dominique Thompson
Dominique is an award winning GP, young people's mental health expert, TEDx speaker, author and educator, with over 20 years of clinical experience caring for students. She was named Bristol Healthcare Professional of the Year in 2017. She is author of The Student Wellbeing Series (Trigger Press), a short series of guides for young people aged 16-25 about mental health, wellbeing and life at university, and co-author of How to Grow a Grown Up (PenguinRandomHouse), a book for parents, carers, teachers and anyone working with young people, about raising independent and resilient young adults ready for the challenges of the 21st century. Dom has done two TEDx talks about young people’s mental health and wellbeing; ‘What I learnt from 78000 GP consultations with university students’ (about perfectionism, competitiveness and the pressures of being young today) and ‘Understanding Why’, looking at why young people self-harm. She is also a co-author of Student Mental Health & Wellbeing in Higher Education: A practical guide (Sage). Dom is a Clinical Advisor for NICE, the Royal College of GPs, the Anorexia Bulimia Care charity, and for Student Minds, the UK's student mental health charity. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @drdomthompson, and find her on LinkedIn and Facebook. Dom’s TEDx talks and other interviews are available on YouTube.
There is no special study module for learning to be a university GP, but if there was, then several lectures would definitely have to cover ‘Flatmate Related Issues’. I have lost count (in over 20 years as a GP) of how many students I saw because they were struggling with, or causing concern to, their co-habiting peers. The common stress caused by living with someone else’s noise, mess, obnoxious behaviour, or unofficial ‘live-in lover’, was matched only by the occasional distress caused by living with a flatmate’s spiralling mental health problems. There is no doubt that when young adults leave home and start living with other young adults (often strangers) interesting and sometimes difficult situations can arise.