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    Hi there!

    I'm an MA student and writer currently working on a piece about mental health support for postgraduate students (master's, phd etc) and wanted to get some opinions from current or ex-postgrad students about their experience getting support for stress, anxiety, depression or any other mental health related issue at uni.

    Have you sought help from your uni for this kind of thing? What was your experience like? What do you think universities could do more to help the unique needs of postgrad students (less contact hours, intense workload, different experience of social life than undergrad, lots of independent work etc)?

    My initial assumption is that, whilst lots of unis/courses have wellbeing provisions in place for postgrad students, more could be done to help postgrad students specifically.

    Would be great to hear anyone's thoughts!
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    (Original post by rmfinn)
    Hi there!

    I'm an MA student and writer currently working on a piece about mental health support for postgraduate students (master's, phd etc) and wanted to get some opinions from current or ex-postgrad students about their experience getting support for stress, anxiety, depression or any other mental health related issue at uni.

    Have you sought help from your uni for this kind of thing? What was your experience like? What do you think universities could do more to help the unique needs of postgrad students (less contact hours, intense workload, different experience of social life than undergrad, lots of independent work etc)?

    My initial assumption is that, whilst lots of unis/courses have wellbeing provisions in place for postgrad students, more could be done to help postgrad students specifically.

    Would be great to hear anyone's thoughts!
    :wavey:

    I get a lot of support at my current institute (one of the University of London colleges) for my mental health issues. They allowed me to gatecrash a disabled students' open day for incoming undergraduates (would have def been good to have had a postgrad-specific disabled students' open day for new students), got me to apply for Disabled Students' Allowance, and allocated me two mentors who I see on a regular basis. In addition to this, I can always request to see the uni's Mental Health Adviser for an appointment, or drop in on her unannounced in an emergency.

    There are some mental health cafes and stuff at my current uni but they're very much aimed at undergrads. I am working with the Mental Health Adviser and the SU to try and develop some postgrad-specific groups and related events :yes:
 
 
 
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