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Hey,
I am going into undergraduate study 2019, I am diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression and am currently under the CAMHS system.
I am in two minds about applying for DSA. I will commute from home, but am anxious on public transport. I also suffer from extreme exam anxiety and panic as well as GAD.

I understand that DSA do not give direct financial support, but was wondering what sort of support other mental illness sufferers recieved from DSA and whether I am justified in applying.

Thanks!
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Hello Anon I came across your thread a few moments ago. Need to sleep now but please poke me to reply - busy tomorrow but will try and reply in the evening, or on Tues :yes:
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Hey,
I am going into undergraduate study 2019, I am diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression and am currently under the CAMHS system.
I am in two minds about applying for DSA. I will commute from home, but am anxious on public transport. I also suffer from extreme exam anxiety and panic as well as GAD.

I understand that DSA do not give direct financial support, but was wondering what sort of support other mental illness sufferers recieved from DSA and whether I am justified in applying.

Thanks!
Hey again :hi:

Firstly, of course you are totally justified in applying! DSA is there to support anyone whose studies (will) suffer disruption as a direct result of their disability. Mental health conditions are classed as a disability under the Equality Act 2010. So don't doubt yourself as unworthy or anything - you totally deserve to reeive help :hugs:

So I have schizoaffective disorder, which is a little different to you (although does encompass severe depressive episodes). It's basically a mixture of schizophrenia and bipolar :yes: When I got DSA for my Masters course (didn't have it at undergrad, as my issues only developed in my last year), I had a diagnosis of severe depression with psychotic symptoms.

Here are a list of the things I can remember, that I got for DSA at either Masters or PhD level, or both. Even though I'm postgrad, I imagine there are lots of similarities for an undergrad. Everything I was given was to set me up so that if I couldn't go into uni for months at a stretch due to my psychosis, I could do everything from home :yep:

The things I got (as far as I remember) included:

- a laptop with lots of assistive technology software (mindmapping software, text-to-speech software - that kinda thing). Students now have to pay the first £200 towards the cost of their laptop
- a printer-scanner
- a dictaphone and associated software
- for my MA course, I had a notetaker for all my lectures (no lectures at PhD level). She would take notes regardless if I was present or not, and would give them to me afterwards
- access to a specialist mental health mentor (NB. This has by far been the most helpful part of my DSA package, at both MA and PhD level!)
- a taxi allowance to cover the different in cost between my travel to uni and the cost of a taxi to uni. (So like, if the taxi costs £40 and the train costs £5, I would be given £35 per ride for a set number of times per week. NB. I have never used the taxi allowance, so no idea how it works!)
- a "consumables" allowance of £400 per academic year, to cover photocopying, printer ink, printer paper and non-core textbook costs

There may have been other stuff but I've got a memory like a sieve tbh

Hope this post helps
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Hey again :hi:

Firstly, of course you are totally justified in applying! DSA is there to support anyone whose studies (will) suffer disruption as a direct result of their disability. Mental health conditions are classed as a disability under the Equality Act 2010. So don't doubt yourself as unworthy or anything - you totally deserve to reeive help :hugs:

So I have schizoaffective disorder, which is a little different to you (although does encompass severe depressive episodes). It's basically a mixture of schizophrenia and bipolar :yes: When I got DSA for my Masters course (didn't have it at undergrad, as my issues only developed in my last year), I had a diagnosis of severe depression with psychotic symptoms.

Here are a list of the things I can remember, that I got for DSA at either Masters or PhD level, or both. Even though I'm postgrad, I imagine there are lots of similarities for an undergrad. Everything I was given was to set me up so that if I couldn't go into uni for months at a stretch due to my psychosis, I could do everything from home :yep:

The things I got (as far as I remember) included:

- a laptop with lots of assistive technology software (mindmapping software, text-to-speech software - that kinda thing). Students now have to pay the first £200 towards the cost of their laptop
- a printer-scanner
- a dictaphone and associated software
- for my MA course, I had a notetaker for all my lectures (no lectures at PhD level). She would take notes regardless if I was present or not, and would give them to me afterwards
- access to a specialist mental health mentor (NB. This has by far been the most helpful part of my DSA package, at both MA and PhD level!)
- a taxi allowance to cover the different in cost between my travel to uni and the cost of a taxi to uni. (So like, if the taxi costs £40 and the train costs £5, I would be given £35 per ride for a set number of times per week. NB. I have never used the taxi allowance, so no idea how it works!)
- a "consumables" allowance of £400 per academic year, to cover photocopying, printer ink, printer paper and non-core textbook costs

There may have been other stuff but I've got a memory like a sieve tbh

Hope this post helps
Thank you so much!!!
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No problem! Though you've posted off Anon, :fyi:
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Hey,
I am going into undergraduate study 2019, I am diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression and am currently under the CAMHS system.
I am in two minds about applying for DSA. I will commute from home, but am anxious on public transport. I also suffer from extreme exam anxiety and panic as well as GAD.

I understand that DSA do not give direct financial support, but was wondering what sort of support other mental illness sufferers recieved from DSA and whether I am justified in applying.

Thanks!
Hi!

I receive support from DSA due to my mental health. I would definitely apply, as it won't make things any worse.

Even the assessment made me anxious, but the person carrying it out was soo lovely and helpful.

I wasnt sure I would be entitled to anything, but I receive support from a mentor each week and a laptop with software and equipment on it.
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