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USI launch National Report on Student Mental Health

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education 

Launched in Trinity College's Joly Theatre today by the USI and in the presence of Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, 3,340 students participated in the survey which informed this report. 

The primary aim of this survey was to provide an overview of students mental health in third level education in Ireland. 

The objectives were to: 

  • Describe the demographics of students in third level education in Ireland
  • Explore the proportion of third level students that report mental health distress and ill health
  • Provide information on the mental health of specific groups such as LGBTI+, third level students and students with disabilities
  • Report on the availability and usage of mental health support services for third level students 
  • Produce recommendations for policy relating to student mental health at third level 

In a press statement, USI President Lorna Fitzpatrick said the report "gave us a wealth of data that we now see so clearly laid out in the pages of the National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education”.

She added: "We will use this data and strive to improve mental health services at third level for all students." 

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