‘The way universities are run is making us ill’: inside the student mental health crisis

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2019 by steve

“When he started working at Brunel University in London 19 years ago, Terry Vass, who is now head of security, recalls that most of his work involved breaking up drunken fights outside the bars and nightclub on campus. Over the two decades he has been in the job, he has noticed a shift. Now, an increasing number of calls are for mental health incidents …” (more)

[Samira Shackle, Guardian, 27 September]

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University and Happiness: A look at student mental health during the transition and experience of third-level education

Posted in Life on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Upon beginning in UCD as a freshman, what will be surprising to many is the degree of loneliness that can be felt on campus. Compared to a school environment, it’s suddenly a lot harder to catch up with friends. As well as the largeness of campus, clashing timetables can quickly become a hindrance to staying in touch with pals as much as we’d like to. It happens …” (more)

[Eva Earner, College Tribune, 21 September]

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Are freshers the new realists when it comes to mental health support?

Posted in Life on September 17th, 2019 by steve

“‘I had an issue in Freshers’, said Lucy, ‘so this was like three days into me moving into the university house and I just had a meltdown and I had no idea what to do. So I was literally, like, I have known these people for 48 hours, where do I go?’ …” (more)

[Jenny Shaw, Wonkhe, 17 September]

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Third level mental health support needed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Enniscorthy TD, James Browne, has said the Government is failing third level students when it comes to mental health support. He made his comment in the wake of a study that revealed a significant number of third level students were reporting mental health issues …” (more)

[Brendan Keane, Wexford People, 7 September]

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It’s Good We’re Talking About Mental Health. But the Road Ahead is a Long One

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The results of a Union of Students in Ireland (USI) survey on mental health this week are at once unsurprising and deeply alarming. Nearly a third of the 3,340 students surveyed had received a formal diagnosis of a mental health condition – a shocking figure by any standards …” (more)

[University Times, 2 September]

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Student mental health is vital but survey doesn’t add up

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is to be praised for its interest in mental health in the group it represents. I am a psychiatrist providing a service to one of the universities in Ireland. I work closely with the university welfare officers, the general practitioners on campus and the counselling and psychological services. There are several other psychiatrists who provide a similar service to universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Patricia Casey, Independent, 31 August]

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Minister ‘offering vague solutions’ to mental health crisis among students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been accused of ‘offering sympathy’ but ‘only vague solutions’ to what has been described as a mental health crisis among college students. The claim, from Fianna Fáil mental health spokesman James Browne, came after the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) published a report showing 38% of students experience extreme levels of anxiety …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 28 August]

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10 third-level students have their say about mental health

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Tuesday, a report published by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) – and funded by the HSE – claimed that one third of students are experiencing ‘extremely severe levels of anxiety’. The National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education surveyed students on their experiences with mental health and mental health services …” (more)

[Damian Cullen, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Almost a third of students in Ireland depressed

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A third of students are experiencing ‘extremely severe levels of anxiety’ and have had a formal diagnosis of a mental health difficulty at some point in their lives, according to a report by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education surveyed 3,340 students on aspects of their experiences with mental health and mental health services in third level education. It was funded by the Health Service Executive …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Mental health: Record numbers of third-level students seek help

Posted in Life on June 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Record numbers of third-level students are receiving counselling for mental health problems such as anxiety. Almost 12,000 students sought counselling in the last academic year, up from about 6,000 students in 2010, according to data compiled by Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education Ireland (PCHI) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 June]

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50% rise in students seeking counselling for mental health problems

Posted in Life on June 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There has been a 50% rise in the number of students receiving counselling for mental health problems in the past decade. Almost 12,000 students sought counselling in the last academic year, up from about 6,000 in 2010 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 17 June]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor gives closing address at conference on Mental Health in Higher Education

Posted in Research on April 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (25th April 2019) gave the closing address at a conference on Mental Health in Higher Education – Personal Wellbeing for Professional Development …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 April]

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Time to talk about student mental health

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

“Many of the student mental health strategies being adopted by universities argue that it’s ‘time to talk’. But who are students talking to, and on what basis are people listening? …” (more)

[Phil Pilkington, Wonkhe, 3 April]

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Students’ union calls for action over ‘twice as long’ mental health wait list

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in Cork have had to walk peers who express suicidal thoughts to a support centre because of a lack of mental health resourcing at third level, a union has claimed. An official at Cork Institute of Technology’s student union says the waiting list to see a counsellor is so lengthy, some students who experience mental health issues are putting off seeking an appointment in case they take a place from someone suffering greater difficulties …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 26 March]

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University switches off social media to help student well-being

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2019 by steve

“A university is switching off all its social media channels for a few days as an example to encourage its students to try their own ‘digital detox’. De Montfort University, in Leicester, wants to highlight how ‘unrestrained social media use’ can be harmful to the mental health of young people …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 15 January]

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What issues will dominate Irish education in 2019?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandLeaving Cert reform: decision time: Classrooms in the run-up to the Leaving can resemble military training grounds where students are drilled to produce perfect answers to potential questions based on marking schemes. Students are stressed, teachers have little choice, creativity suffers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Leaving Cert pressure causing stress and ‘burnout’ among pupils

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The pressure of the Leaving Cert is causing stress, burnout and mental health problems among students, according to an official review of senior cycle education in secondary schools. The findings are contained in an Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) report …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Almost 1,500 UCC students attended counselling services in 2017/18

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost 200 students from University College Cork were deemed to be self-harming or at risk of doing so in the 2017/18 academic year. A further 1,102 were suffering from anxiety while 510 presented with depression, anger and mood change disorders …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 22 November]

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Awareness Campaigns Are Not Enough. College Must Invest in Mental Health

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Do you feel woozy after one too many americanos outside the Arts Block? Is your relationship with your sister fraught at best? Do you find yourself surreptitiously picking your nose when no one is watching? Are you harbouring a disproportionate hatred towards the downstairs part of the Lecky library …” (more)

[Alanna MacNamee, University Times, 5 November]

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NUIG students secure extra €5,000 for counselling services following protest

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Counselling services in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) have secured an additional €5,000 after more than 50 students staged a protest in response to the alleged underfunding of the university support service. The new funds are set to allow an extra four drop-in slots per day for students, bringing the number of drop-in appointments each day up to 12 …” (more)

[Lily Rice, Trinity News, 23 October]

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