Will sharing info about my mental health affect my offer?

This is probably the most common question asked by students with a mental health condition applying to university. A mental health disclosure does not have any bearing on whether an applicant is offered a place; legally, this decision must be made purely on the grounds of academic suitability and any mental health‐related support requirements considered separately.

But I want to apply for a professional course...

Nowadays, people with mental health conditions work as doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers and lawyers. Even professional courses with Fitness to Practice elements such as Medicine, other healthcare professions, Social Work and Teaching are subject to the same Equality Act legislation which means they can't discriminate because of a long term health condition meaning you can confidently share this information. Most Fitness to Practice processes talk about students and staff having insight into their condition, meaning that their condition is managed, you seek support when needed and know when you might be unsafe to work.

All Fitness to Practice courses are regulated by professional bodies, and it might be reassuring to research their guidance about this. Some examples are:

University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN). c/o The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP Tel: 07510 734544 Registered charity number: 1155038. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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