Third Level Expenditure – Counselling Services

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount that was spent on the provision of counselling services at third level in each of the years from 2013 to 2017; and the amount that has been allocated for the year 2017-2018 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Students Waiting Up To 6 Weeks For Third-Level Counselling Services

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Budget 2018 should focus on improving mental health supports, and not on tax cuts’, says USI. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on the Government to invest in third-level mental health counselling services by ring-fencing €3m per annum to tackle future mental health crisis on campus …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 9 October]

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More UCC students are seeking counselling services but services need more resources

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of third-level students seeking counselling at University College Cork is increasing every single year – yet those who deliver the service say it remains overstretched and underfunded. In the academic year 2015/2016 more than 1,170 students attended the university’s counselling service …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 15 April]

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It May Come as a Surprise, but Trinity Needs to do More to Support Students Beyond Academics

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“We are extremely fortunate to attend a university that cares. We are consistently told that if we need help or are struggling in college, there are so many people we can talk to, whether it be our professors, the student counselling service, tutors or one another. We know that we are looked after when it comes to academic needs. And yet according to a recent survey …” (more)

[Tom Myatt, University Times, 14 January]

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College counselling: making sense of confusion and pain by listening

Posted in Life on December 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Low self-esteem, poor body image and feeling disconnected is a concern in students. Perhaps you are acquainted with the beautiful large granite stone, which stands to the right of the entrance to Glendalough, ancient monastery and centre of learning in Co Wicklow …” (more)

[Caroline Ward, Irish Times, 1 December]

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Anxiety top concern for college students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Anxiety has overtaken depression as the greatest concern facing university students, new figures show. A report from NUI Galway shows a dramatic increase in the number of students seeking out counselling services in the past decade …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 5 November]

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Colleges Determined To Tackle Waiting Lists For Counselling Services

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“New measures are being implemented at the University of Limerick (UL) to try and combat the increasing number of students who are currently on waiting lists to receive counselling …” (more)

[Paul Dwyer, Campus.ie, 26 October]

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What is it like to work as a university counsellor?

Posted in Life on October 26th, 2015 by steve

UK“I drifted into counselling. I was a social worker at the time with the military, working with sailors and their families abroad and at home. A lot of what I was doing was counselling, I found myself doing a lot of listening …” (more)

[Claire Burke, Guardian, 26 October]

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University of Limerick to clear counselling waiting list

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has implemented new measures to combat the growing number of students on waiting lists to receive counselling. The University of Limerick (UL) has implemented new measures to combat the growing number of students on waiting lists to receive counselling …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 13 October]

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Mental health at UL is a ‘mounting crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Up to 1,000 students at the University of Limerick are expected to avail of counselling services this year, but students say a lack of funding is leaving counsellors struggling to cope with demand …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 July]

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Campus therapy up 300% for college students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The number of college students seeking counselling has hit a record high, as ‘mounting’ waiting lists take their toll on an already overstretched and under-resourced support service. More than 10,000 students attended on-campus counselling in the past 12 months — a 300% increase in the last eight years …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 13 July]

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Concern at rise in students seeking help from ‘underfunded’ services

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The number of third-level students seeking counselling is increasing every year, but services remain overstretched and underfunded. That is according to the Irish Association of University and College Counsellors. In the academic year 2012/13, more than 8,000 students sought counselling — attending around 36,000 consultations nationally …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 10 April]

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A week in my … student counselling service

Posted in Life on March 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I’ve been at UL for 29 years so my job has changed a lot over time. Now I’m director of service and I have a team of 20. My job, in running the practice, is to make sure that all of my teams are working properly. I’ll supervise each of them in different groups every week and then I run a number of programmes …” (more)

[Aoife Valentine, Irish Times, 10 March]

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Wise counsel

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2014 by steve

“I may have been a very insensitive person back in the 1970s when I was a student, but I have to say honestly that I cannot remember any of my fellow students suffering any form of psychological distress …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 April]

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Students badly hit by counselling cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2013 by steve

“Beset by gnawing worries of failing an exam or of not finding a job here in Ireland’s ongoing economic crisis, and with their peers leaving in droves to seek work abroad, it is not surprising that depression and anxiety are increasing at an alarming rate among third-level college students …” (more)

[Editorial, Irish Examiner, 6 July]

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Number of students seeking counselling surges

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2013 by steve

“The number of college students seeking counselling is up by one third, with depression and suicidal thoughts among the reasons why they look for help. However, counsellors say cuts in staffing are causing longer waiting lists with some students waiting months for appointments …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 July]

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Counselling Services

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount that was spent on the provision of counselling services at third level in each year for the past five years; the amount that has been allocated for the year 2012/2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 19 July]

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