Ireland’s educators have the highest rates of work-related depression

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“People working in the Irish education sector are particularly at risk of developing work-related depression, a new study has found. According to the report from think-tank the ESRI, in Ireland the risk of SAD illness is highest for workers in the education sector …” (more)

[Paul O’Donoghue, Fora, 20 October]

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Predictors of depression, stress, and anxiety among non-tenure track faculty

Posted in Research on August 7th, 2014 by steve

Abstract: Nationwide in the United States, 70% of faculty members in higher education are employed off the tenure-track. Nearly all of these non-tenure-track (NTT) appointments share a quality that may produce stress for those who hold them: contingency. Most NTT appointments are contingent on budget, enrollment, or both, and the majority of contingent faculty members are hired for one quarter or semester at a time …” (more)

[Gretchen Reevy and Grace Deason, Frontiers in Psychology, 7 July]

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Student depression is ‘reasoned response’ to lack of career options, conference told

Posted in Life on April 4th, 2013 by steve

Ireland“Rising levels of depression among students is a ‘reasoned response’ to dwindling career options, declining living standards and ‘a complete lack of hope’, a careers guidance counsellor has told delegates at the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland conference in Wexford …” (more)

[Louise Holden and Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 4 April]

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In search of perfection

Posted in Life on October 9th, 2012 by steve

“… For several years, US academics have been warning of the detrimental impact overachieving is having on teenage girls. Too much focus on academic accomplishment and social success has led to a failure at other equally important female experiences, such as their psychological and emotional health, and, importantly, their sense of self-knowledge and self-expression …” (more)

[Alana Kirk-Gillham, Irish Times, 9 October]

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Four in 10 young adults felt life not of value, study says

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2012 by steve

“More than four in 10 young people surveyed in Ireland have said they felt their lives were ‘not worth living; at some point, a new study has found …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Mental health and higher education: ‘I won’t let depression hold back my academic career’

Posted in Life on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“An academic who periodically suffers from bouts of depression describes his experiences and the mechanisms he uses to cope …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 16 March]


New UCC website to address students’ depressive symptoms

Posted in Life on January 26th, 2010 by steve

“The website was developed by Aine Horgan, a PhD student and Psychiatric Nursing lecturer at UCC’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. The website is currently part of a research study being undertaken at UCC by Aine and supported by Dr John Sweeney and Professor Geraldine McCarthy in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. The aim of the research is to see if the website can help improve one’s mood …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 26 January]

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