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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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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‘Students have a fairly healthy attitude to alcohol’

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

Ireland“Anne Cooney is the ‘healthy campus’ co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of TechnologyAnnie Cooney, health co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of Technology. I bring more than 30 years of experience in healthcare to my position as healthy campus coordinator in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) …” (more)

[Arlene Harris, Irish Times, 27 October]

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56% of college kids hide eating disorder fears

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“New figures have revealed that 56% of college students are concealing worries about their eating habits. Although the majority generally disclose their concerns to a friend or family member, new research from Bodywhys – The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland – shows that 32% hide their difficulties ‘due to a fear of judgement’ …” (more)

[Claire Mc Cormack, Independent, 11 October]

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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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DIT’s free GP care for students under threat

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“DIT Student Services are under pressure to keep the service free ahead of talks on the merger with ITT and ITB, which will see the three IT’s become Technological University for Dublin. DIT’s free doctor for students is under threat due to the TU4D merger with IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown, which is set to be made official in August …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent,, 20 March]

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Crossing the line with study drugs

Posted in Life on January 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“For some students, the side effects of concentration-enhancing drugs like Adderall are a risk worth taking …” (more)

[Daire Collins, Trinity News, 7 January]

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Ten UCC students get mumps in past week

Posted in Life on December 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“UCC students are being encouraged to avail of free MMR vaccinations given a recent outbreak of the mumps virus on campus …” (more)

[Audrey Ellard Walsh, Evening Echo, 15 December]

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Students wouldn’t cut drink for good of health

Posted in Life on November 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“As alcoholic liver disease rises, particularly in younger people, fewer than one in 10 college students said they would curb their drinking for the good of their health …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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Surge in mumps cases hits university students

Posted in Life on November 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“At least six outbreaks of mumps have been reported among university students so far this year, it was confirmed yesterday …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 5 November]

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Male students take better care of health at uni

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2014 by steve

“Male first-year students take better care of themselves than female undergraduates in terms of diet, health, activity and dealing with stress, according to research released today. An analysis of lifestyles of first-year students found males were more likely to keep up an exercise regime and reap the health benefits from it …” (more)

[Shân Ross, The Scotsman, 26 June]

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Teens develop drink habits before college years

Posted in Life on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“Students starting university have already developed disturbing patterns of alcohol use, according to the head of student health at University College Cork. Michael Byrne said that drinking was become ‘more and more prevalent’ among incoming students …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Measles alert after two Galway students diagnosed

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

“A measles alert was issued yesterday after two Galway students were found to have the highly contagious disease. Measles can cause serious complications, especially in children …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 29 March]

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Positive mental health and well-being among a third level student population

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2013 by steve

“… Undergraduate students from one large third level institution were sampled using probability proportional to size sampling. Questionnaires were distributed to students attending lectures in the randomly selected degrees. A total of 2,332 self-completed questionnaires were obtained, yielding a response rate of 51% based on students registered to relevant modules and 84% based on attendance. One-way ANOVAs and multivariate logistic regression were utilised to investigate factors associated with positive mental health and well-being …” (more)

[Irish Health Repository, 27 August]

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Students to dance in lectures as part of health scheme

Posted in Teaching on May 3rd, 2013 by steve

“Two-minute blasts from students’ own music collections to allow dancing in lectures every 20 minutes is one of the techniques being employed by a university to encourage less sedentary behaviour while learning …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 2 May]

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TB outbreak in DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2013 by steve

“Students and staff in DCU are being tested for Tuberculosis (TB) after the university confirmed two cases of the disease. Over 150 people are currently being tested by the Health Service Executive’s TB Unit …” (more)

[Sam Griffin, The College View, 1 March]

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Students share prescription drugs to save money

Posted in Life on March 14th, 2011 by steve

“College students are sharing prescription drugs with serious health risks to avoid the cost of attending a doctor, a new report has found. A study of more than 300 undergraduate students aged between 18 and 25 found that more than one third of those (37%) who engaged in this risky behaviour did so for financial reasons …” (more)

[John Burke and Susan Mitchell, Sunday Business Post, 13 March]

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University defends Health Centre charges

Posted in Life on September 16th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“A University spokesperson has defended the introduction of fees for the Student Health Service, which came into effect on 6th September. The charges; €10 to see a nurse, €25 to see a doctor and €40 to see a psychiatrist; are expected to help cover the costs of running the Health Centre, which amount to €750,000 annually for doctor and nurse consultations, and €650,000 for the student counselling services. University officials have defended the rates, stating that they are around fifty per cent of the typical GP charges …” (more)

[Quinton O’Reilly, University Observer, 15 September]

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