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    Just wondering what help you get from DSA for mental health problems?Do you get any financial support or is it just things like extra time in exams?
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    DSA isn't given in the form of money. You may get things like a note take, dictaphone and (voice recorder) software like mind mapping.

    DSA will only pay for extra costs you have as a student with mental health problems and not costs you have due to your mental health problems. (such as prescriptions)
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    I have mental health problems and I recieved the following through DSA:

    - mental health support worker
    - a note taker who would come to my lectures with me
    - they paid some money towards taxis for uni
    - they paid some money towards my rent for a studio flat
    - a printer
    - a laptop
    - a dictaphone
    - textbooks/ink and paper for my printer*

    then I also got extra time for my assignments as I had a statement of access. It depends what your mental health condition is and how it affects you what DSA provides for you. My mental health problems are severe which is why I got a lot provided for me as I needed lots of help.*
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    DSA isn't given in the form of money. You may get things like a note take, dictaphone and (voice recorder) software like mind mapping.

    DSA will only pay for extra costs you have as a student with mental health problems and not costs you have due to your mental health problems. (such as prescriptions)
    Is it worth applying then? It seems a lot of paperwork and forms to fill out
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    Is it worth applying then? It seems a lot of paperwork and forms to fill out
    It can feel rather daunting/scary and a lot of effort but if you have evidence of a mental health issue, I would fully encourage you to go for it! DSA can help in all kinds of ways you wouldn't necessarily think of yourself! Like I never thought I'd use - let alone like! - the mindmapping software that was recommended for me but it's been so useful and time-/energy-efficient for me

    Plus the rules are tightening up for DSA all the time. I imagine it'll end up being a case of "the sooner you're in the system, the better it'll be for you in the long run" :yes:

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