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Many people outside of higher education have roommates. However, this is hugely different from a college situation, particularly a dorm situation. What do you tell these people about your mental illness?

Many college officials may try to talk you into telling your roommate everything. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, then don’t do it. They advise this for your protection so that someone close to you (physically, at least) knows to look for signs that you may be in trouble. But you are under no obligation to tell anyone anything that you don’t want to.

If you do decide to tell your roommate about your illness, consider making it clear what you expect of him or her. Do you want someone to intervene in bad situations? Which ones? Do you just want them to watch for emergencies and call 911? Or do you only want them to lend a listening ear? Being clear helps your roommate to know how to help you best.