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The Why, When, What and How of Disclosure in an Academic Setting

If and when to disclose your mental health condition can be a hard choice to make and even more difficult to actually do. There are always pros and cons to disclosure and disclosing to your school (including four-year universities, two-year community colleges and vocational training programs) is no different. However, there are often additional factors to consider when determining whether to disclose your mental health condition while attending post-secondary school. This section outlines these factors to help you determine what is best when it comes to disclosing your mental health condition within the campus setting.

This section is adapted from the Office of Disability Employment Policy fact sheet, The Why, When, What, and How of Disclosure. Available at http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/wwwh.htm.

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Why should I disclose in the postsecondary setting?

When should I disclose my mental health condition?

How should I disclose my mental health condition?

What to disclose about my mental health condition?

Who should I disclose my mental health condition to?