Why schizophrenia need not rob us of a life in academia

Posted in Life on February 1st, 2017 by steve

“On an autumn afternoon in 2009, I was fired from my job as a university lecturer. I hadn’t declared my schizophrenia on an application form and this was treated as gross misconduct. Many years later, I returned to the lecture theatre – but this time I was open about my condition, to a much more positive response …” (more)

[Guardian, 1 February]

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It all started with puppy rooms …

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2017 by steve

“It all started with puppies and over the past few years there have been more and more unusual ways to help students relax during the stressful period of examinations. Beyond puppy rooms we have seen petting zoos, bubble wrap and colouring …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 25 January]

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Helping universities combat depression with mobile technology

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2017 by steve

“Depression is the leading mental health issue on college campuses in the US. In 2015, a survey of more than 90,000 students at 108 American colleges and universities found that during the previous year, more than one-third of them had felt so depressed at some point that it was difficult to function …” (more)

[Mi Zhang and others, The Conversation, 13 January]

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‘There is a tsunami of third-level students with mental health problems’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of third-level students seeking help with depression, anxiety, relationships problems and academic issues has reached unprecedented levels, according to counsellors working on Irish campuses …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 10 January]

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Universities must ‘gather round table’ to discuss mental health

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2017 by steve

“Student mental health may be on the agenda, but some argue that support is uncoordinated and insufficient to meet rising demand …” (more)

[Hilary Lamb, Times High Education, 5 January]

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Academic staff should receive mental health training – report

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Obligatory training for academic staff and proper peer support should be put in place by all higher education institutions to help students with mental health difficulties, a new report recommends. Mental Health Matters : Mapping Best Practices in Higher Education said action was needed to tackle the increasing number of students experiencing such issues …” (more)

[The report is here]
[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 1 November]

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Third level in distress: how colleges are coping with mental health

Posted in Life on October 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“College fees, assignments, moving away from home – it should be no surprise that third level can be a stressful time for young people. The beginning of college marks a transitional period for students, and often represents the exciting beginning of adult life …” (more)

[Gráinne Loughran, Irish Times, 25 October]


‘Mental health isn’t addressed properly’: students on the pressures of university

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“With the number of students seeking counselling on the rise, we asked you to tell us about your experience of dealing with mental health issues at university …” (more)

[Rachel Obordo, Guardian, 23 September]


DIT students with mental health issues up 700% in four years

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The number of students registering with mental health issues at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has increased by 700% in the past four years. The sharp rise is regarded as a positive indicator that efforts to address the stigma surrounding mental health issues among young people are paying off …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Stress being placed on young people by points race raises risk of suicide

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An obsession with getting the highest points possible is putting huge pressure on the mental health of our children, a leading child psychiatrist has warned …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 17 May]

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Brain drain and education funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to your report on funding for higher education, (‘Report on college fees must be published’, May 4th), I believe the availability of suitably-qualified graduates to fill vacancies in health and mental health services among others could be successfully addressed through a publicly-funded loan system for higher education …” (more)

[Joe Harrison, Irish Times, 6 May]

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The Underlying Trend of Mental Healthcare Cuts in Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Kathleen McNamee investigates the issues of funding and demand in various student support programmes in universities in the UK, US and Ireland …” (more)

[University Times, 5 May]


The psychological effects of hardship are a barrier to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Opinion: Poverty can lead to a cutting-off of stimulating experiences for children and to mental-health problems for parents, with all its knock-on effects. It is nearly 50 years since Fianna Fáil minister for education Donogh O’Malley announced plans for free second-level education for every child up to intermediate level …” (more)

[Richard Layte, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Trinity College highlights the importance of student suicide with a display of empty bags

Posted in Life on February 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday brightly coloured schoolbags were placed around the front square of TCD in Dublin. These bags served to highlight the shockingly high number of Irish university students that die by suicide each year …” (more)

[Eilis Walsh, TheLiberal.ie, 23 February]

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Technology and wellbeing: Mental health needs its place on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“85% of students seek mental health information online, often as the first port of call, according to Reaching Out in College, a new study of help-seeking at third level colleges …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 24 November]


Tibetan monk bringing peace of mind to university

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A Tibetan monk will help an Irish university to become the first in Europe to adopt a mindfulness culture. NUI Galway is holding a series of ‘Mindful Way’ lectures to help students and staff deal with the stresses of daily life …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 16 November]

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Student ‘turned away’ by UCC health centre after suicide attempt

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A UCC student has claimed that the college’s health centre turned them away after they had presented following a suicide attempt.The student has claimed they did not meet with anyone at the centre or receive any appointment to meet with a professional after they informed reception that they had attempted suicide …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 11 November]

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Mental health services reach out to college students online

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

Ireland“With nearly two thirds of college students online for over two hours everyday, browsing YouTube, engaging with social media, gambling, and accessing porn — it’s the ideal forum to target their mental health needs, according to a leading sociologist …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 10 November]

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One in three students ‘feel down each day’

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than a third of Irish students feel down every day and it’s food that they turn to most for comfort. The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) has launched a new ‘chats for change’ campaign with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services aimed at tackling the issue …” (more)

[Fiona Dillon, Independent, 7 November]

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NUI Galway embarks on a mindful adventure

Posted in Life on October 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Because of the increasing pace of modern life, we are transitioning from human beings to human doings. We are losing connection with ourselves and with each other. The lack of time to stop and reflect is contributing to the rise in mental-health issues in society …” (more)

[Lokesh Joshi, Irish Times, 20 October]

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