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    Hi everyone,

    At the moment I'm really stuck between choosing Durham or Exeter as my firm. I am leaning towards Durham's prestige but I know Exeter is also very good, so I'm very much stuck in the middle.

    Something else that I am wondering about that might help me make up my mind is how good is Durham for support, especially mental health support? I'm 21 and coming into uni 3 years after my school peers because I was an inpatient for anorexia during that time and suffered from depression after - leading to me having to retake all of my A Levels :/ but anyway I still have some demons related to mental health which I'm trying really hard to fight but I'm not letting it stop me from going to uni again this year. So the support a uni offers related to the above is a crucial factor for me atm.

    Would appreciate it if anyone had any knowledge or advice about this at Durham? I'm in Hatfield college, if that helps.

    Thank you in advance


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    Hi everyone,

    At the moment I'm really stuck between choosing Durham or Exeter as my firm. I am leaning towards Durham's prestige but I know Exeter is also very good, so I'm very much stuck in the middle.

    Something else that I am wondering about that might help me make up my mind is how good is Durham for support, especially mental health support? I'm 21 and coming into uni 3 years after my school peers because I was an inpatient for anorexia during that time and suffered from depression after - leading to me having to retake all of my A Levels :/ but anyway I still have some demons related to mental health which I'm trying really hard to fight but I'm not letting it stop me from going to uni again this year. So the support a uni offers related to the above is a crucial factor for me atm.

    Would appreciate it if anyone had any knowledge or advice about this at Durham? I'm in Hatfield college, if that helps.

    Thank you in advance


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    At least when I was applying, one thing Durham really sold itself on was the huge range of support routes available for anyone ether in serious mental health issues, or plain just stressed.

    Every college has at least one member of staff whose job is to take care of student welfare, as well as a personal mentor that you'll be assigned to among a group of Freshers. The University has a dedicated counselling service. You're likely to have some point of contact within your department such as a tutor. Each JCR has at least one dedicated student volunteer, along with a team to help them with awareness campaigns, and some smaller student groups such as the LGBTa have their own welfare officers. Plus the Student Union offers some support, and there's the student-run listening service Nightline.

    Plus, among all of that, Durham really tries to run Freshers Week so that you quickly meet people that you feel comfortable sharing problems with - it can be really quick to meet like-minded people who understand what you're going through.


    Allow me to provide a flurry of links for further information.

    http://www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/life/welfare/
    http://www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/a.../life/support/
    http://www.dur.ac.uk/counselling.service/
    http://www.dur.ac.uk/hatfield.colleg...duate/support/
    http://www.hatfieldjcr.co.uk/uk/page/view/welfare
    http://www.dur.ac.uk/nightline/
    http://www.durhamlgbta.org.uk/welfare/
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    At least when I was applying, one thing Durham really sold itself on was the huge range of support routes available for anyone ether in serious mental health issues, or plain just stressed.

    Every college has at least one member of staff whose job is to take care of student welfare, as well as a personal mentor that you'll be assigned to among a group of Freshers. The University has a dedicated counselling service. You're likely to have some point of contact within your department such as a tutor. Each JCR has at least one dedicated student volunteer, along with a team to help them with awareness campaigns, and some smaller student groups such as the LGBTa have their own welfare officers. Plus the Student Union offers some support, and there's the student-run listening service Nightline.

    Plus, among all of that, Durham really tries to run Freshers Week so that you quickly meet people that you feel comfortable sharing problems with - it can be really quick to meet like-minded people who understand what you're going through.


    Allow me to provide a flurry of links for further information.

    http://www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/life/welfare/
    http://www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/a.../life/support/
    http://www.dur.ac.uk/counselling.service/
    http://www.dur.ac.uk/hatfield.colleg...duate/support/
    http://www.hatfieldjcr.co.uk/uk/page/view/welfare
    http://www.dur.ac.uk/nightline/
    http://www.durhamlgbta.org.uk/welfare/
    Thank you for the help! I will look through those links now. Yeah I was impressed with Durham at the post application open days but realised I never found out much about the support side of things. But you're totally right, Durham is such a good university that they must have a good support system for mental health or similar. I'm not sure whether I should write to disability services or not (as I indicated the mental health condition on my UCAS form) but I may just wait until September and then if I do really need more support I'll arrange an appointment.

    Thanks again, you've been very helpful not sure how to +rep on my phone but will do once I'm back on the pc


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    (Original post by laauurraa)
    Thank you for the help! I will look through those links now. Yeah I was impressed with Durham at the post application open days but realised I never found out much about the support side of things. But you're totally right, Durham is such a good university that they must have a good support system for mental health or similar. I'm not sure whether I should write to disability services or not (as I indicated the mental health condition on my UCAS form) but I may just wait until September and then if I do really need more support I'll arrange an appointment.

    Thanks again, you've been very helpful not sure how to +rep on my phone but will do once I'm back on the pc


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    Always worth just sending them a quick e-mail about it - from everything I've heard, the disability services are really helpful and welcoming.
 
 
 
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