It’s Good to Talk: The benefits of disclosing mental health problems in Higher Education | Royal Holloway, University of London It’s Good to Talk: The benefits of disclosing mental health problems in Higher Education


It’s Good to Talk: The benefits of disclosing mental health problems in Higher Education | Royal Holloway, University of London It’s Good to Talk: The benefits of disclosing mental health problems in Higher Education.

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5 thoughts on “It’s Good to Talk: The benefits of disclosing mental health problems in Higher Education | Royal Holloway, University of London It’s Good to Talk: The benefits of disclosing mental health problems in Higher Education

  1. I thought this was a really encouraging article and sends a great message to students (and others). What concerns me a little is the lack of references. It says 0.3 people disclosed a Mental Health problem on their UCAS application. Although this statistic sounds accurate, nowhere in the UCAS application does it ask about Mental or Physical Health. If this this is based on old information – I wonder how many people would disclose today if asked? Do you think people are becoming more open?

  2. Thanks for your comment. Apologies for not including a reference, but you can see numbers for disclosure of all the different disablity categories here – http://www.ucas.com/data-analysis/data-resources/data-tables/disability#. Looking at these, numbers are low but are slowly increasing. As far as I understand, the UCAS application gives you an opportunity to declare a disability, and then choose from a list of categories, which includes mental health conditions.

  3. Thank you. The plot thickens! You see, I have submitted an application through UCAS this year and I have a mental illness. However, when I read ‘disability’ I didn’t think it applied to me. In the same way that I don’t regard my Asthma as a disability. I saw the option and without expanding it to see the options, I ticked ‘no’ and continued. I wonder how many applicants chose not to disclose their Mental Illness and how many people just don’t regard their Mental Illness as a disability? I would bet that even with this taken into account it’s still disproportionately lower. Even now, even if the option was presented to me I doubt I would disclose it, only for the reason that my degree is a professional one and I would be afraid of disclosing it to a prospective employer.

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