Welcome to mentalhealth.usi.ie

Welcome to the USI’s mental health page. This is the hub for news and updates to the mental health programme within USI. The main projects we are working on at the moment include the ReCharge campaign, our +Connections app and research projects. More information can be found on all of these projects on this site. If you have any questions or would like to contact Sarah, our Mental Health Programme Manager  – she would be delighted to hear from you. Her email is mentalhealth@usi.ie.

Rationale for the USI Mental Health Programme

Levels of mental illness, mental distress and low wellbeing among students in higher education is increasing (IPPR, 2017). 75% of adults with mental illness first experience symptoms before the age of 25, with peak onset from 18-25 (Kessler and Wang, 2008). This high-risk period coincides with entrance into and time spent in third level education.  A new report by AHEAD, which examines the numbers of students with disabilities in higher education in the academic year 2016/17, found a 46% rise in the number of new students registering with a mental health condition. (AHEAD 2018).

As well as an increase in the number of students who formally declare a mental health condition to their HEI, there are a high number who have self-reported mental distress. While not always meeting the threshold for mental illness, this distress is likely to have a significant effect on their ability to thrive both academically and personally and lead to an increase of demand for services.  (IPPR 2017)

While HEIs are primarily education providers, they also have a responsibility to protect and promote student mental health and wellbeing. Since July 2017 the HSE have provided funding to support the mental health programme in USI.  It is clear from the statistics that this programme within the USI to examine and advocate for services to meet the need of the growing demand is very much needed. 

An important event in the @TheUSI calendar is going ahead - but now online 🙌

#USIConnectingMinds student mental health event will take place on March 26th and you can still sign to have your voice heard from the safety of your home.

Register here👉 http://forms.gle/iSAaa3AEivr8ReRc8 #USI

Want to have your say on student mental health? Are you a student? Then we want you at our ONLINE event! Register now: https://forms.gle/iSAaa3AEivr8ReRc8 Help @TheUSI think in new ways - no matter your background! #USIConnectingMinds

The #USIConnectingMinds student mental health event is going ahead, but we’re moving online! Have your voice heard on student mental health from wherever you are in the country on 26th March – register to attend here: https://forms.gle/iSAaa3AEivr8ReRc8

Hello! Are you a 3rd level student interested in mental health (for any reason)?? Click the link (https://forms.gle/t13h2GGwVrCzwFBQ6…) to register for our ONLINE event on 26th March, because we want to hear from YOU! #USIConnectingMinds @TheUSI

Students! Register your interest in our online, interactive student mental health event on 26th March. If you have thoughts, opinions, experiences or work in this area, we want you there! Click on the link to register: https://forms.gle/iSAaa3AEivr8ReRc8 #USIConnectingMinds

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