A survey by the Equality Challenges Unit (2015) found that around half of students and staff had not officially disclosed their mental health difficulties to the university. Additionally, a new report commissioned by Unite Students and the Higher Education Policy Institute (2017) shows that 13% of university applicants have a mental health condition, but of those, only 37% have disclosed, or intend to disclose, their mental health condition to universities.As a result, they are not receiving the support or adjustments they are entitled to.

The report suggests that one barrier to disclosing could be the lack of clarity within the process of disclosure. If I decide to disclose a mental health difficulty to my university, what happens next?

We want to: 

  • Increase the information available for current and prospective students about what happens if a mental health difficulty is disclosed to the university.
  • Remove the barriers, empower individuals and help them to make an informed decision about whether to disclose or not.
  • Share other's experiences in order to reduce stigma and shed light on stories around mental health and disclosure at university.


University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN). c/o Impact Hub, Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street, Birmingham, B5 5NR. Tel: 07510 734544 Registered charity number: 1155038. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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