Should I talk about mental health on my application?Watch
Just make sure that all the content on this website is stuff that you are happy sharing with the uni & stuff that you would want the admissions team to see.
Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and I hope I'm doing this right. As an international student, I'm curious if it would be okay to would it be okay to mention my blog on mental health and trying to share and help people with my experiences in my UCAS personal statement I don't want a university in the uk who might reject me because of my issues with mental health. its just that im an advocate and i would like to have a blog and also list it in my application. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
For example, if you're applying to psychology, neuroscience or other courses where mental health is a relevant topic, definitely mention the mental health blog to show that you have work experience and are doing something to extend your knowledge on your subject out of your own free will outside of lessons. It shows great passion (without having to say the word "passionate") and if you link it to a subject that you're currently studying (e.g. "I learnt about x in y class which, together with my personal experiences, inspired me to do a mental health blog where I ... etc."). Mention both the transferrable skills you've gained but also any key knowledge you've gained e.g. through general research or any books etc. you've read while making the blog.
However, if your subject is unrelated to psychology/etc. do still mention it, but place less emphasis on the knowledge and focus more on the skills that you've gained e.g. independent learning, time management, discipline etc.
Don't write about your own mental health in detail though and don't mention how it's impacted your studies/life. This is something that should be mentioned in the teacher's reference section, not your PS. Your personal statement is about you and your passion for your subject only.