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At some stage in their degree, 1 in 3 law students will experience high psychological stress. It's important to look out for yourself and your friends, particulalry during exams.
Mental illness can be invisible to others and have severely adverse affects on a person's ability to cope. It is important to remember that mental illness is not a weakness or personality defect, but a serious disease. Most importantly, if you do have a mental health illness, you are not alone, and the ANU has a number of support provisions in place which you should utilise.
Depression and anxiety are among the most common forms of mental illness. It can be very hard to get help while you're experiencing depression and/ or anxiety. Often a friend or family member can support you in getting help.
Need help now?
Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24 hours)
CATT Mental Health Triage Service: 1800 629 354 (24 hours)
Beyond Blue: http://www.beyondblue.org.au, 1300 22 46 36
Mindhealthconnect: A website that can point you to a whole heap of different services.
TheDesk: A website specially designed to support tertiary students with mental and physical health
Staying on Top: ANUSA Mental Health Guide, published in 2013
What services does ANU offer?
Counselling Centre ANU has a free counselling service available to all students. The Counselling Centre is located upstairs from Health Service, which is near the Purple Pickle Cafe and gym. The Counselling Centre are very busy (usually a three week wait), particularly around exam time, so booking prospective appointments is a good idea.
Phone: 02 6125 2442
Disability Services Centre
The Disability Services Centre isn't just for physical disabilities. Mental health issues are recognised as having an impact on a student's ability to complete their studies. To get registered with the DSC you will need to book a consultation and bring along supporting medical documentation. Your adviser will work with you to produce an Education Access Plan (EAP) to assist you in your studies. Part of an EAP may include Special Exam Arrangements, which are adjustments to the typical exam format to assist you in completing your exams.
Phone: 02 6125 5036
Special consideration exists to make sure students are fairly assessed. The university recommends you apply for special consideration where your assessment/ exam has been/ will be affected. This may include the impacts of mental health issues. Special consideration forms can be printed online or picked up from the desk in the Law School foyer. They need to be filled out in part by a medical practitioner, and the information you provide will be given to the course convenor, who has discretion in its application. Mark adjustment on the basis of special consideration is subjective, and each case is considered separately.
Phone sub-dean (Wayne Morgan) (LLB and JD): 02 6125 8355
Law school reception (to make an appointment): 02 6125 3483
If you feel unable to sit your exam due to mental illness, you may apply for a special exam. You will need supporting medical documentation to support your request. Special exams are sat in the same period as supplementary exams. They are different, however, from supplementary exams, as there is no limit placed on the mark you can be awarded. Be aware, however, that should you sit a special exam, there may not be enough exams to compare yours with, and thus your mark may not be objective.
If you cannot continue your subject/s, you may apply for late withdrawal. You will need to fill out the late withdrawal form and provide it in hard copy to uni admin. You may apply to have the academic and financial penalties waived for your course/s. In support of your application, you should provide letter/s from your health professionals which explain your reason for late withdrawal. Mental illness is considered a medical condition that may warrant approval of late withdrawal. Wayne Morgan can provide advice around late withdrawal. If you withdrew from a course prior to the end of week 10, you will not receive a 'fail' for the course. If you withdraw after this date, your transcript will have 'NCN' pending your application. You may apply to withdraw from a course up to one year later.
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