I’m a first year at the uni and I am already failing. I’ve had depression for nearly two years now and I’ve recently started seeing a psychiatrist as it has become really bad since moving to Melbourne. I just feel so awful all of the time and I don’t even see the point of going to uni anymore as I just can’t cope with everything…My psychiatrist told me about the disability liaison unit at the uni, but I’m not sure how they help with this sort of thing, so I was just wondering what exactly will happen if I go and see them? How do they help?
The DLU works with students by providing advice and support, to lessen the impact of health conditions on their studies. To register, you will need to come in for an initial appointment with a Disability Liaison Officer and bring in medical documentation that identifies the impact of your health condition on your studies. At your appointment you will discuss your circumstances with your Disability Liaison Officer and work out the best way to manage your study and wellbeing. Examples of the reasonable adjustments that you can arrange through the DLU are: extra time to complete written assessments such as essays and assignments; alternative examination conditions such as extra time, rest breaks or an alternative venue. Obviously, these are general examples. At your appointment with your Disability Liaison Officer you will be able to discuss what adjustments will be more specific to your circumstances. For further enquiries, or if you would like to make an appointment, you can contact the DLU Administration Officer on 9035 3515. You may also want to visit our website . There can be a wait of up to 3 weeks for new student appointments so it is important to get in contact as early as possible.
You can also see a counsellor at the Counselling Service who can work with you on things such as motivation , managing moods and negative thoughts or simply having a space for you to talk about how you are going.