Letter: Disability in mind

January 26, 2001

"A problem and solution shared" (Student focus, THES, January 19) does not acknowledge the value of approaching students' mental health problems from a disability perspective. Taking such a route encourages universities and colleges to focus on the support and services that will enable students with mental health problems to complete their studies successfully.

The disability model provides students with an incentive to reveal problems. It has proved successful in the case of dyslexia. Many students, particularly on professional courses, fear stigma and career damage if they disclose mental health problems. If they are to take a risk, the benefits need to be clearly stated.

Nicky Stanley and Jill Manthorpe
School of Community and Health Studies
University of Hull

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