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    HiI wasn’t sure whether to post this under the mental health section, or whether another section would be more appropriate, so I hope posting this here adequate. Anonymous for obvious reasons.I am 19 years old and have just started my first year at uni.I am studying a fairly competitive and highly regarded course for my chosen subject, which will ultimately lead to a career working within the NHS, as a qualified healthcare professional. Throughout my time at uni, I will receive funding from the NHS, providing that I continue to meet all of the requirements for this (such as attendance) throughout this time.I have suffered from depression throughout secondary school and also throughout my time during my A levels (old diagnosis), however, I put a lot of this down to circumstance. Since starting uni however, my depression has got worse,when my situation and circumstances have seemed to get better, to the point where it is a daily struggle to get out of bed. I really want to make use of all of the mental health services my uni has to offer, such as its counselling department, and I have even recently registered for a local GP, through which I would hope to get therapy and medication to get help for depression.However, I have not previously chosen to disclose any information regarding my mental health to the uni in fear of being discriminated against. Although this is not said to happen and shouldn’t happen, I often read horror stories on tsr about people disclosing information and getting kicked off their courses or people who are made to defer a year etc.So I feel stuck. Reaching out for help could disqualify me from the course, which I have worked so hard to gain entry on to, and it is something I have a genuine passion for, however they could argue that I would be unfit to be working with patients etc, which I disagree with, and feel that with support I could be in a very different situation.However, without reaching out for help, I only know that depression will worsen over time, and I cannot let that happen, for reasons that are pretty obvious, but that I won’t mention here. I have a compulsory occupational health check very soon which all adds onto the pressure behind this decision. What should I do?
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    HiI wasn’t sure whether to post this under the mental health section, or whether another section would be more appropriate, so I hope posting this here adequate. Anonymous for obvious reasons.I am 19 years old and have just started my first year at uni.I am studying a fairly competitive and highly regarded course for my chosen subject, which will ultimately lead to a career working within the NHS, as a qualified healthcare professional. Throughout my time at uni, I will receive funding from the NHS, providing that I continue to meet all of the requirements for this (such as attendance) throughout this time.I have suffered from depression throughout secondary school and also throughout my time during my A levels (old diagnosis), however, I put a lot of this down to circumstance. Since starting uni however, my depression has got worse,when my situation and circumstances have seemed to get better, to the point where it is a daily struggle to get out of bed. I really want to make use of all of the mental health services my uni has to offer, such as its counselling department, and I have even recently registered for a local GP, through which I would hope to get therapy and medication to get help for depression.However, I have not previously chosen to disclose any information regarding my mental health to the uni in fear of being discriminated against. Although this is not said to happen and shouldn’t happen, I often read horror stories on tsr about people disclosing information and getting kicked off their courses or people who are made to defer a year etc.So I feel stuck. Reaching out for help could disqualify me from the course, which I have worked so hard to gain entry on to, and it is something I have a genuine passion for, however they could argue that I would be unfit to be working with patients etc, which I disagree with, and feel that with support I could be in a very different situation.However, without reaching out for help, I only know that depression will worsen over time, and I cannot let that happen, for reasons that are pretty obvious, but that I won’t mention here. I have a compulsory occupational health check very soon which all adds onto the pressure behind this decision. What should I do?
    You should definitely seek help from your GP and university services. They're a really great help. When it comes to the OH check, you should be honest and explain what is going on. They'll be much more likely to trust you and they'll see that you're getting help, which will work in your favour. There are many, many people continuing on courses in fields like medicine while dealing with mental health issues
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    Also check out counselling charities there are a number for young people and they have no obligation to disclose you're having therapy. A disclosure would only be made if you or someone else were in danger
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    HiI wasn’t sure whether to post this under the mental health section, or whether another section would be more appropriate, so I hope posting this here adequate. Anonymous for obvious reasons.I am 19 years old and have just started my first year at uni.I am studying a fairly competitive and highly regarded course for my chosen subject, which will ultimately lead to a career working within the NHS, as a qualified healthcare professional. Throughout my time at uni, I will receive funding from the NHS, providing that I continue to meet all of the requirements for this (such as attendance) throughout this time.I have suffered from depression throughout secondary school and also throughout my time during my A levels (old diagnosis), however, I put a lot of this down to circumstance. Since starting uni however, my depression has got worse,when my situation and circumstances have seemed to get better, to the point where it is a daily struggle to get out of bed. I really want to make use of all of the mental health services my uni has to offer, such as its counselling department, and I have even recently registered for a local GP, through which I would hope to get therapy and medication to get help for depression.However, I have not previously chosen to disclose any information regarding my mental health to the uni in fear of being discriminated against. Although this is not said to happen and shouldn’t happen, I often read horror stories on tsr about people disclosing information and getting kicked off their courses or people who are made to defer a year etc.So I feel stuck. Reaching out for help could disqualify me from the course, which I have worked so hard to gain entry on to, and it is something I have a genuine passion for, however they could argue that I would be unfit to be working with patients etc, which I disagree with, and feel that with support I could be in a very different situation.However, without reaching out for help, I only know that depression will worsen over time, and I cannot let that happen, for reasons that are pretty obvious, but that I won’t mention here. I have a compulsory occupational health check very soon which all adds onto the pressure behind this decision. What should I do?
    I'm sorry to hear you're feeling like this . I'd strongly recommend getting an appointment with a GP and being open and honest with how you are feeling - they may refer you for some counselling or prescribe medication if needed. For your OH check, as scary as it might sound, being honest is the best thing you can do to get the help and support you need. As someone has also mentioned in the thread, there are charities you can speak to.

    There's a reason uni's have OH and various student services, so never feel like you're on your own. x
 
 
 
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