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,, 23 February]

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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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Colleges face up to crisis in mental health

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2014 by steve

“Students with suicidal thoughts are presenting at counselling services in Galway’s third level institutes ‘every second day’. The country’s third level counsellors’ association says its members are encountering a ‘tsunami of students presenting with mental health problems’, at NUI Galway and GMIT …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway News, 8 June]

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Two thirds of students say they know someone who died by suicide

Posted in Life on November 26th, 2013 by steve

“An online survey of students in Ireland has shown 66.5% know someone who has died by suicide …” (more)

[, 26 November]

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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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Youth suicide highlighted at UCD student union event

Posted in Life on August 6th, 2010 by steve

“Ireland has the fourth highest rate of youth suicide in Europe, a students union event in UCD heard yesterday …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 6 August]

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College is healthiest option, finds report

Posted in Life on March 11th, 2009 by steve

“The best way to preserve young people’s health during a time of mass unemployment is for them to go to college, a report published this morning suggests. Danny Dorling, professor of human geography at the University of Sheffield, said youth opportunity-type schemes are almost as detrimental to psychological good health as unemployment. In an editorial published online by the British Medical Journal, he said: ‘For young people these are a continuum of health-damaging states from being unemployed at one extreme to being placed on what were called youth opportunity programmes in the 1980s, to having a paid apprenticeship, to having a secure job, to being in college.’ Based on research into unemployment and health carried out in the 1980s and 1990s, the best option for men and women aged 16-24 was going to college, primarily because entering further education was associated with a lower risk of suicide …” (more)

[Muiris Houston, Irish Times, 11 March]

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