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Time for change: Universities against mentally ill students Watch

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    I am looking to find people with similar experiences to me with regards to the treatment of mental health by universities.

    Following a night of being very suicidal, I was suspended by my university. They threatened to breach my medical confidentiality by giving my entire medical history to my parents. This confidentiality was still breached when the information was given to a different family member instead. After being told I was being suspended I was made to leave that night and have been banned from being on university premises. A week on and I have had no contact from the university and so have been unable to start an appeal. The suspension also means that I no longer have access to the help and treatment I was being provided with.

    There are cases of stories similar to mine across the country. It's time for change. Time for us to campaign, to tell our stories to reporters. People need to know what's going on. Our universities claim to want to help people with mental health problems. But in reality that's only true till a certain extent. As soon as the person is at any kind of prominent risk, the university feels threatened. And so they remove the threat. It's unacceptable. Even if you're not willing to go public with your stories, I beg you to respond, to show that there are lots of us - people who want change.
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    Disgusting, just disgusting

    sorry man
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    They can inform people if they believe you're in danger or believe you're putting someone else in danger.
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    While that sounds terrible, I've been suicidal at uni and mine was super helpful: I was referred to the uni psychologist immediately.

    What course are you doing?
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    That sounds awful. I can't believe that's lawful.

    My university were mostly great about making allowances for me. Though one time when I'd hurt myself and the crisis team called an ambulance, the uni took it upon themselves to remove all sharp things from my room. That really pissed me off that they went through my stuff. They took my penknife and a blunt clementine knife. :/
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I am looking to find people with similar experiences to me with regards to the treatment of mental health by universities.

    Following a night of being very suicidal, I was suspended by my university. They threatened to breach my medical confidentiality by giving my entire medical history to my parents. This confidentiality was still breached when the information was given to a different family member instead. After being told I was being suspended I was made to leave that night and have been banned from being on university premises. A week on and I have had no contact from the university and so have been unable to start an appeal. The suspension also means that I no longer have access to the help and treatment I was being provided with.

    There are cases of stories similar to mine across the country. It's time for change. Time for us to campaign, to tell our stories to reporters. People need to know what's going on. Our universities claim to want to help people with mental health problems. But in reality that's only true till a certain extent. As soon as the person is at any kind of prominent risk, the university feels threatened. And so they remove the threat. It's unacceptable. Even if you're not willing to go public with your stories, I beg you to respond, to show that there are lots of us - people who want change.
    Are you at Oxbridge, by any chance? This sounds like very Oxbridge behaviour on the part of your uni :sadnod:
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    Hard to say really. You were even cut off from the disability support people? Sounds like we are only getting part of the story. the SU and a student rep at least should still speak to you.
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    Wtf. If it happened like you say it did, you need to contact everybody and anybody to help you appeal.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
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    Saw this article and thought of your OP: http://thetab.com/uk/cambridge/2016/04/26/74675-74675

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    Good luck.
    I've foud uni is less supportive of mh problems than other problems and had lecturers not offer me help and just tell me to quit, but what they did with you surely broke the law even?!

    My course had one asessment that was a group project that was filmed. I told my lecturer that I have anxiety and was unable to do that since a) working with somebody would be difficult and b) I was very uncomfortable with being filmed. They told me "It'd part of the course so you have to do it". I have DSA which means things can be adapted for me but they didn't even try.

    I think your idea is great and brave and really hope it goes well. Maybe try talking to mh charaties like mind for advice or support with it.
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    They can inform people if they believe you're in danger or believe you're putting someone else in danger.
    this ^
    duty of care usually means informing someone if you're a risk to yourself, your right to confidentiality only extends to the point at which you/someone else is at risk

    personally I had a fantastic experience with mental health support at university

    I find it strange they would suspend you purely for being suicidal. If nothing else happened then you should contact your student union asap for advice.
 
 
 
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