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    Hey hey!

    Just wondering if any of you have any experience with mental health support at unis in particular areas!

    I withdrew from Durham last year as their NHS MH services were a p p a l l i n g and I spent most of my first year in and out of A&E.

    I'm now on a gap year back under my own home treatment team but have reapplied for Kings College London, Sussex, UEA and Royal Holloway. I know I'm thinking v far in advance for next year but I want to plan ahead - I'm from Kent so none are ridiculously far away so there is the potential to stay under my home team and travel home for appointments in any location really but does anybody have experience with the MH services either at the particular unis or within the NHS in surrounding areas??

    Support is a massive thing for me and likely to be a big part of deciding which offer to accept as Durham fared so badly last year!

    Thank you in advance x X x
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    Mentally ill student at Royal Holloway here :nutcase: I can't tell you anything about NHS provision in the Surrey area (I live in SW London with family, and am under outpatient care in the relevant London borough) BUT I can tell you that the support I've received from Royal Holloway in regards to my mental health has been nothing short of outstanding. I'm a PhD student there, so this is my third uni and my third time experiencing mental health support provisions from a uni, and RHUL has really surpassed all my expectations.

    RHUL's disability team consists of five core office staff (five ladies who are all very lovely and helpful), as well as other people attached to the disability office (e.g. DSA mentors). The disability team has its own Mental Health Adviser, whose sole job is to support mentally ill students at RHUL. Neither of my previous unis had a specialist Mental Health Adviser within the core team (well if the first uni did, I never heard about it, lol), so I was quite taken aback to find there was one! The current Mental Health Adviser, Rachel, is absolutely outstanding. She's really lovely and really knowledgeable too, having worked in the NHS herself for a bit. She's really dedicated and driven and is slowly but surely putting mental health into the wider college remit. She's managed to persuade Surrey Recovery College to come into RHUL to do some sessions for us!

    Any questions about RHUL, do feel free to quote me here or to PM me :yep: As a postgrad, I can't tell you what it's like as an undergrad. But if you wanna hear more about Rachel or about what they can offer you in general as a disabled student, I can try and help with that
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    Also sorry to hear about what happened at Durham - my first uni ****ed me over too, so I can appreciate how painful and disappointing it is when that happens
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
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    Mentally ill student at Royal Holloway here :nutcase: I can't tell you anything about NHS provision in the Surrey area (I live in SW London with family, and am under outpatient care in the relevant London borough) BUT I can tell you that the support I've received from Royal Holloway in regards to my mental health has been nothing short of outstanding. I'm a PhD student there, so this is my third uni and my third time experiencing mental health support provisions from a uni, and RHUL has really surpassed all my expectations.

    RHUL's disability team consists of five core office staff (five ladies who are all very lovely and helpful), as well as other people attached to the disability office (e.g. DSA mentors). The disability team has its own Mental Health Adviser, whose sole job is to support mentally ill students at RHUL. Neither of my previous unis had a specialist Mental Health Adviser within the core team (well if the first uni did, I never heard about it, lol), so I was quite taken aback to find there was one! The current Mental Health Adviser, Rachel, is absolutely outstanding. She's really lovely and really knowledgeable too, having worked in the NHS herself for a bit. She's really dedicated and driven and is slowly but surely putting mental health into the wider college remit. She's managed to persuade Surrey Recovery College to come into RHUL to do some sessions for us!

    Any questions about RHUL, do feel free to quote me here or to PM me :yep: As a postgrad, I can't tell you what it's like as an undergrad. But if you wanna hear more about Rachel or about what they can offer you in general as a disabled student, I can try and help with that
    Thank you so much for such an in depth response!

    I would love to hear more about what they offer as a disabled student. Could I ask what mental health difficulties you suffer with and the support they've provided you in particular? (I know that's pretty personal so feel free not to answer that question!)

    Also, what was your first university? It sucks so much when they fail, you spend more much time working your butt off to get somewhere and you then have to withdraw or not achieve has highly as you're capable of for reasons beyond your control!! I'm so glad you've received so much more support and RHUL though - and reassuring for me as a RHUL applicant!

    Thank you again!
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    (Original post by sdpjohnson)
    Thank you so much for such an in depth response!

    I would love to hear more about what they offer as a disabled student. Could I ask what mental health difficulties you suffer with and the support they've provided you in particular? (I know that's pretty personal so feel free not to answer that question!)

    Also, what was your first university? It sucks so much when they fail, you spend more much time working your butt off to get somewhere and you then have to withdraw or not achieve has highly as you're capable of for reasons beyond your control!! I'm so glad you've received so much more support and RHUL though - and reassuring for me as a RHUL applicant!

    Thank you again!
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    (Original post by sdpjohnson)
    Thank you so much for such an in depth response!

    I would love to hear more about what they offer as a disabled student. Could I ask what mental health difficulties you suffer with and the support they've provided you in particular? (I know that's pretty personal so feel free not to answer that question!)

    Also, what was your first university? It sucks so much when they fail, you spend more much time working your butt off to get somewhere and you then have to withdraw or not achieve has highly as you're capable of for reasons beyond your control!! I'm so glad you've received so much more support and RHUL though - and reassuring for me as a RHUL applicant!

    Thank you again!
    No problem! My diagnosis is currentl schizoaffective disorder, depressive type, but it's under review atm kinda (long story). My first uni was Oxford. Having been to a collegiate uni yourself, I'm sure you can imagine what the mental health support may have been like... :erm:

    In terms of the help I receive from Royal Holloway, it is two-fold. The first is the DSA (Disabled Students' Allowance) help, funded by SFE. If you haven't already ticked disability boxes on your UCAS form and heard from any unis about applying for DSA, then once you have firmed and insured two unis, I would strongly recommend you research and apply for it straightaway, getting the first choice uni's help. My DSA as a mentally disabled student is split into three areas: equipment (so dictaphones, laptop with specialist software so I can work effectively from home, printer-scanner, ergonomic shiz, etc.); specialist support (in the form of a specialist mental health mentor), and finally, a "consumables allowance" (so a pot of money to reimburse me for money spent on non-core textbooks, printer ink and paper, etc.). I see a specialist mental health mentor, provided from Royal Holloway's pool of mentors, 25 times throughout the year (I could have got up to 50, I believe, but since I have an extensive team, I didn't feel the need at the time for seeing a uni mentor every single week) for an hour each time.

    The second aspect of the help I receive is more RHUL-specific, and that is the direct support I receive from the RHUL core staff team. As mentioned there is Rachel F, who is amazing. When you join RHUL, if you have declared a mental illness, the likeliness is she will email you to introduce herself and to set up a meeting (presuming you feel it's useful to meet her at least once). When you meet, you can tell her what support needs you have and if you'd find it useful to see her again. (Bear in mind that you can change your mind at any point and communicate this across to her via email or her phone number. When I first met her, I was like "nah, y'alright, I'll be fine, kthxbai". Now I basically live in her office, to the extent that they ought to set up a camp bed and mini fridge for me ) Depending on your needs and other support, you can set up regular check-ins with Rachel. How often these are depends on demand and the other support you have and Rachel's schedule, but usually she is able to be extremely accommodating and is always happy to help as much as she can She's really sweet and lovely, but she can be quite stern with external parties if she has to be. Like sometimes she phones my hospital and kicks them into action when they're being **** :love:

    I personally also work with the current head of the disability office, because I was working with her in a different capacity before she became head (she was promoted in May). She's really great and supportive too Likeliness is that you wouldn't have any dealings with her unless you were getting kicked out of RHUL (unlikely) or unless you needed to make a formal complaint about someone, etc. (again, unlikely) :eek:

    Any questions or clarification needed, do ask! I hope this works this time :emo: Might C&P it somewhere just in case... :ninja:
 
 
 
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