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    I am doing quite a challenging masters from a top uni and i have wasted lots of time due to depression due to personal circumstances (my sister is a *****)

    what support is available?
    I'm feeling like it's too late, and I should drop out and come back to it, being faced with at least 1/3 of the years' charges I am guessing?
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    (Original post by xfootiecrazeesarax)
    I am doing quite a challenging masters from a top uni and i have wasted lots of time due to depression due to personal circumstances (my sister is a *****)

    what support is available?
    I'm feeling like it's too late, and I should drop out and come back to it, being faced with at least 1/3 of the years' charges I am guessing?
    speak to your student support department, i dont suffer from depression myself but friends have recieved counselling and could have had mental health mentors through dsa and did have exam adjustments.
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    Your university should have a counselling service, though that will be limited. What you need to do is get an official diagnosis. Depression counts as a disability, so you'll be able to apply for specialist support, equipment and possibly extra time in exams/flexible deadlines (etc.).

    However, a diagnosis can take a while, once you get it you can apply for DSA from your funding body. The funding body needs to approve your application for DSA (disabled students allowance), then you need an actual assessment to figure out what your needs actually are. Then the funding body needs to approve the suggestions made by your assessor, and only once they tell you what is approved, you can start to get all your special help/equipment sorted etc. It's a long process so you probably won't be able to make use of it this year.

    If you think you can't manage this year, my personal recommendation would be to get an interruption for your course. The way this exactly works will vary between universities, so you should talk to someone at yours. The general gist is that you pause your course for an agreed amount of time and then come back to continue where you left off. You can do this, and in the time you interrupt for get your DSA stuff sorted.
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    (Original post by xfootiecrazeesarax)
    I am doing quite a challenging masters from a top uni and i have wasted lots of time due to depression due to personal circumstances (my sister is a *****)

    what support is available?
    I'm feeling like it's too late, and I should drop out and come back to it, being faced with at least 1/3 of the years' charges I am guessing?
    Hello,

    It is never too late to receive support at university.
    There are your lecturers that can help you, student support, Welfare Officers in your SU and much, much more.

    Reach out to them!

    Best of luck
 
 
 
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