Although things are changing, there
is an enduring stigma around mental health and privacy concerns are
another barrier to seeking help. Some students are scared to seek help
because of mandatory reporting obligations.
“Privacy is definitely a deterrent for many,” Jen McAuliffe, former ASAC Chair says.
“Not just for the fear of repercussions
such as Mandatory Reporting, but also because of blurred relationships with
the School of Medicine staff.
At many universities, the same people
you would speak to about mental health or private concerns are the same people
that mark you in OSCEs and written exams,” she says.
“There is no
separation, and therefore there is concern that there can be prejudice. Some
have found that there is no one they feel comfortable talking to about their