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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    It's still a thing! Unless postgrads/I are/am an exception to the rule :ninja:

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    Love that avatar.
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    Love that avatar.
    Thanks! I saw it on a Facebook page (which said people could use it), so I nabbed it


    (Original post by Pathway)
    Yeah I remember that! I know it was also hard to get the difference back in accommodation too. That's what my needs assessor told me anyway, but he still recommended it because I need adapted accommodation. My university ended up helping me with the accommodation costs instead, aha.

    Ohh, really? I didn't know that changed for the mentors. I know mine was a private psychotherapist though. Were they allowed to not have MH-related qualifications before?

    Yeah I think they didn't necessarily need to have MH-related qualifications before. I know my ex-mentor (who was ****, lol. I fired her ) didn't have any formal qualifications. She was just a PhD student (who then dropped out) who had been mentoring for years, but no formal qualifications afaik :erm:
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Thanks! I saw it on a Facebook page (which said people could use it), so I nabbed it
    That's how it always starts:rolleyes:

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    Although I am not currently enrolled at university, I intend on enrolling with The Open University at some point in the future. Unfortunately, I am not able to pursue education currently, due to autism and mental health conditions.

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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Yeah I think they didn't necessarily need to have MH-related qualifications before. I know my ex-mentor (who was ****, lol. I fired her ) didn't have any formal qualifications. She was just a PhD student (who then dropped out) who had been mentoring for years, but no formal qualifications afaik :erm:
    That's so bad. :zomg:
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    (Original post by PerplexingGeode)
    Although I am not currently enrolled at university, I intend on enrolling with The Open University at some point in the future. Unfortunately, I am not able to pursue education currently, due to autism and mental health conditions.

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    Open Uni sounds like a good step forward - I do hope you will be able to manage it at some point

    (Original post by Pathway)
    That's so bad. :zomg:
    Yeah haha :erm: I mean, she wasn't **** because she wasn't a trained professional or anything. She was just **** for other reasons (like not being able to remember my diagnosis. She kept insisting I have schizophrenia... :erm: ) But yeah, I think it's good they've tightened up the rules about who can be a specialist mental health mentor, etc. :yep:

    My current DSA mentor (the replacement for the **** one) is a qualified counsellor, who works for my uni's Counselling Service :yep: She actually dropped all her DSA mentees aside from me, in order to focus on the Counselling Service
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Open Uni sounds like a good step forward - I do hope you will be able to manage it at some point



    Yeah haha :erm: I mean, she wasn't **** because she wasn't a trained professional or anything. She was just **** for other reasons (like not being able to remember my diagnosis. She kept insisting I have schizophrenia... :erm: ) But yeah, I think it's good they've tightened up the rules about who can be a specialist mental health mentor, etc. :yep:

    My current DSA mentor (the replacement for the **** one) is a qualified counsellor, who works for my uni's Counselling Service :yep: She actually dropped all her DSA mentees aside from me, in order to focus on the Counselling Service
    Wtf, that's such a simple thing to remember in the grand scheme of things. :zomg: I'm glad you were able to change!

    That's pretty amazing haha, do you get on well with her? I got on with my mentor pretty well, I think she understood me - also realised when I needed more help etc. Tbh, without her and my disability support worker I wouldn't have been able to complete my degree I don't think. :erm:
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    (Original post by Pathway)
    Wtf, that's such a simple thing to remember in the grand scheme of things. :zomg: I'm glad you were able to change!

    That's pretty amazing haha, do you get on well with her? I got on with my mentor pretty well, I think she understood me - also realised when I needed more help etc. Tbh, without her and my disability support worker I wouldn't have been able to complete my degree I don't think. :erm:
    I know, lol. She was **** for other reasons too but when she got my diagnosis wrong a second time, I decided enough was enough. She didn't take too well to me sacking her :teehee:

    Yeah, new one is nice, though she can be devastatingly blunt sometimes. Like she doesn't hold back on what she thinks of my family, etc :eek:

    So glad you had the support to finish your degree - still so proud of you for that, btw :lovehug:
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    (Original post by PerplexingGeode)
    Although I am not currently enrolled at university, I intend on enrolling with The Open University at some point in the future. Unfortunately, I am not able to pursue education currently, due to autism and mental health conditions.

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    Aw PG:hugs:

    How are you coping with it all at the minute?
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I know, lol. She was **** for other reasons too but when she got my diagnosis wrong a second time, I decided enough was enough. She didn't take too well to me sacking her :teehee:

    Yeah, new one is nice, though she can be devastatingly blunt sometimes. Like she doesn't hold back on what she thinks of my family, etc :eek:

    So glad you had the support to finish your degree - still so proud of you for that, btw :lovehug:
    Hahah, still really glad you were able to stand your ground and sack her. No use having a mentor that isn't helping you. Glad to here the new one is better, sorry that she's blunt though, not everyone likes that!

    Thank you.
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Open Uni sounds like a good step forward - I do hope you will be able to manage it at some point



    Yeah haha :erm: I mean, she wasn't **** because she wasn't a trained professional or anything. She was just **** for other reasons (like not being able to remember my diagnosis. She kept insisting I have schizophrenia... :erm: ) But yeah, I think it's good they've tightened up the rules about who can be a specialist mental health mentor, etc. :yep:

    My current DSA mentor (the replacement for the **** one) is a qualified counsellor, who works for my uni's Counselling Service :yep: She actually dropped all her DSA mentees aside from me, in order to focus on the Counselling Service
    Thank you, TLG, I really appreciate the positive comment.

    (Original post by 04MR17)
    Aw PG:hugs:

    How are you coping with it all at the minute?
    :hugs:

    It is difficult, I must admit - this year has been tough. I just try my best to 'muddle along', and take each day as it approaches - some days are worse/better than others, due to the nature of bipolar disorder.

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    (Original post by PerplexingGeode)
    :hugs:

    It is difficult, I must admit - this year has been tough. I just try my best to 'muddle along', and take each day as it approaches - some days are worse/better than others, due to the nature of bipolar disorder.

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    Yeah I can imagine. But that is what this thread is for.:yep: Here you can post your thoughts, feelings, emotions whatever* because we are here to support each other with our conditions.


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    Got a new condition to add to the list! :woo:
    I'm actually pretty pleased about it cos it means I'm not crazy and it's not a terribly bad condition (no permanent damage or anything going on).
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    Got a new condition to add to the list! :woo:
    I'm actually pretty pleased about it cos it means I'm not crazy and it's not a terribly bad condition (no permanent damage or anything going on).
    Glad you got answers! I know it can be frustrating to know something is wrong, but not have answers.
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    (Original post by Kindred)
    Got a new condition to add to the list! :woo:
    I'm actually pretty pleased about it cos it means I'm not crazy and it's not a terribly bad condition (no permanent damage or anything going on).
    Hurrah! I have to admit I have mixed feelings about a new diagnosis. It's nice to receive an answer though.

    I have a feeling yet again, they're going to change one of mine. *sighs*
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    (Original post by Kindred)
    Got a new condition to add to the list! :woo:
    I'm actually pretty pleased about it cos it means I'm not crazy and it's not a terribly bad condition (no permanent damage or anything going on).
    :yay:
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    Hurrah! I have to admit I have mixed feelings about a new diagnosis. It's nice to receive an answer though.

    I have a feeling yet again, they're going to change one of mine. *sighs*
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    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    Hurrah! I have to admit I have mixed feelings about a new diagnosis. It's nice to receive an answer though.

    I have a feeling yet again, they're going to change one of mine. *sighs*
    It's better than I could have hoped for too. It's basically just symptom deep, so no damage or anything AND there is a medication I can try if things get too annoying. All the awesome of having answers, but no extra nasty news to come with it.

    Oh dear. I hope it at least makes things better for you in some way. if they do. :hugs:

    (Original post by Pathway)
    Glad you got answers! I know it can be frustrating to know something is wrong, but not have answers.
    Sucks doesn't it. At least we know we're not crazy :grouphugs:
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    :yay:
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    Finally got the personal evacuation plan into the office at uni.:thumbsup:
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    Finally got the personal evacuation plan into the office at uni.:thumbsup:
    I found them difficult to fill in because of my condition being variable, lol. Glad you got it done though!
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    (Original post by Pathway)
    I found them difficult to fill in because of my condition being variable, lol. Glad you got it done though!
    It's just while I'm waiting to move rooms.
 
 
 
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