Lately it seems universities (and any large institution in general) have protocols for everything. We’re constantly figuring out ways to deal with all sorts of unique situations and individuals:
ADHD? No problem!
Transexual? We’ve got you!
There’s just one exception.
I recently applied for disability at school regarding my anxiety and depression. This was not my idea at all but was suggested to me by several different professors and counselors. I presented all of the appropriate documentation (I even discussed my family life) and was clear about my needs during the interview. I don’t need extra test time or a tutor; all I want is for professors to be made aware of my situation.
I was denied.
Thats not really what upset me though. I’m just shocked at their lack of knowledge regarding mental health issues. The counselor who handled my case told me: “We’re uncomfortable dealing with mental health”.
Seriously? Its 2014! I hate to label this as stigma but what else can I call it? 1 in 10 adults in the US suffer from depression. Isn’t it about time everyone else got informed?