Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor; sections of a report by the Union of Students in Ireland
The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor attended the launch of the Union of Students in Ireland’s Student Mental Health report.
The report, which involved the input of 3,340 students, has found that:
Some 38.4% of students suffer extreme severe anxiety, 29.9% depression and 17.2% stress.
It also found:
A total of 41.8% of those who participated in the study were receiving social welfare support of some kind. Many were dependent on financial assistance from parents (63%), partner (3.8%), as well as bank (4.7%) and Credit Union loans (6.0%).
A total of 77.8% of students were dependant on financial assistance from at least one of the named sources above.
…There were some differences in students mental health depending on their living arrangements.
Those who had a home they owned were much more likely to be within normal ranges and less likely to be extremely severe on all three scales.
As expected those without stable accommodation were most vulnerable when it came to anxiety (50.0%) and depression (77.8%) while those falling into the other category were more likely to be extremely severely stressed (35.7%) this included those living in a variety of settings including with friends, family owned accommodation and a mobile home.
The Minister admits feeling sad at reading that only 1% of students reported not feeling lonely and promises to work on improving services at Third Level with her Ministerial Colleagues, with the help of USI 👉https://t.co/fftC0qxGrk #USIMentalHealth pic.twitter.com/bPjlF0B3Ev
— Union Of Students In Ireland (@TheUSI) August 27, 2019
The report can be read in full here