Mental Health Matters: 5 things students should consider when thinking about universities
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By Forrest Dunbar, student at University of Bedfordshire Forrest Dunbar has Asperger’s syndromebut didn’t look back once while he was a student at the University of Bedfordshire. Here he takes a look at what students with mental health conditions should bear in mind when considering and choosing universities – from what support might be available, to specialist equipment and mentoring opportunities. 1. Visiting the university There’s nothing better than visiting a university in person. You just get such a good sense of the feel of the place, which can be difficult to grasp from websites, videos and paper prospectuses. Meeting lecturers from the course can be inspiring and gives you a chance to ask questions about the course and what to expect – it can really help to put your mind at ease. It’s also a good chance to have a chat with the student support team to find out how they approach supporting students with mental health conditions – a quick face-to-face conversation can tell you a lot more than what you might read online, plus you get a ready and hopefully comprehensive answer to any particular questions that you might have. 2. Research the support that is available Before you confirm your place at university you absolutely should be fully aware what support will be available. Some individuals might not feel comfortable putting themselves forward to ask what they are entitled to, but everybody I spoke with was so friendly that I would encourage everybody to overcome this and just ask.
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