Today, for University Mental Health Day 2015, we have almost 60 UK universities getting involved and hosting a variety of events; including wellbeing sessions, guest lectures, photo competitions and film screenings. This year, the theme of the Day is choosing to disclose mental health difficulties, whether this be to a university, support networks or your GP. The aim of the #IChoseToDisclose campaign is to empower people in Higher Education with knowledge and confidence in the process of disclosing.
A report from the Equality Challenge Unit found 78% of students felt that disclosing to the university had a positive effect on their studies and 74% of staff felt disclosing had a positive effect on work. Despite this, there are many reasons why someone may not have disclosed to the university. We have compiled some responses to a small list of reasons for not disclosing so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not you choose to disclose.