Should I apply for DSA? (Depression & Anxiety)

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I’m due to be starting at Cambridge this year and I’m not sure if I should apply for DSA. What are the pros and cons of doing it? I’ve received very little information on the matter so I’m pretty clueless
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Definitely apply. I have dsa funding for mental health and physical health and it’s brilliant. For mental health you’ll likely be given funding for a specialist mentor who is basically like a counsellor who helps you cope with your academic work. It’s basically there to make sure your not disadvantaged by your disability
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Definitely apply. I have dsa funding for mental health and physical health and it’s brilliant. For mental health you’ll likely be given funding for a specialist mentor who is basically like a counsellor who helps you cope with your academic work. It’s basically there to make sure your not disadvantaged by your disability
What help do you receive for the mental aspect other than the mentor? Also I’ve been coping much better recently, would that affect my eligibility?
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What help do you receive for the mental aspect other than the mentor? Also I’ve been coping much better recently, would that affect my eligibility?
Providing your studying is still being impacted and your MH issues are long term problems for you, you should still be eligible.

There are a lot of different things they can do aside from specialist MH mentors, they can also speak with your department, arrange individual exam arrangements, give you software to help with various things that can be impacted by mental health issues, hardware including printers, etc. It really depends on your needs, it's better to have access to it and not use it, than need it and not have access to these things.
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What help do you receive for the mental aspect other than the mentor? Also I’ve been coping much better recently, would that affect my eligibility?
Hi.
The assessor will discuss what they feel will be best for you but it could be things like a printer so that you don’t have to use the busy library printer so to reduce anxiety. Computer software such as speech to text for when depression makes it hard to sit down and write out essays.
They can also suggest adjustments to your uni as pathway said such as extra time in exams or a smaller room in exams.
It really is worth applying for if you have a diagnosed mental health condition. It can really help with your studies. You also don’t have to use the support/equipment if you don’t need it or find it useful so there’s no pressure to use it if you get it.
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Do you mean you have mental health issues yourself
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you want to major in mental health?
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There aren't really any "cons" to applying, other than potentially paying £20 or so for a letter from your GP outlining your diagnosis/es and having to take an hour to fill in the form and send it off. As above, there is a pretty wide range of ways unis can make reasonable adjustments for you, but a lot of them they can only do if you have DSA funding allocated in the first instance. So it's best to just apply for it so you know you are eligible for those services if you do later find you need them; worst case scenario you don't directly use the DSA funding, but your uni will still then be aware of your status and be prepared to make reasonable adjustments as and when they are necessary.
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