Praise for 'Irish Independent' on student mental health report
We are writing in response to the recent set of articles published specific to student health and well-being. In particular Ms Crawford's article that identifies that anxiety has overtaken depression as the greatest concern facing university students.
We commend the Irish Independent for highlighting the problem of student mental health, particularly because it has wide-reaching consequences, not only in relation to general health, but also for student lifestyle and behavioural choices, on academic achievement and on student retention.
In a large study (1,104 student respondents), we recently identified that four out of every 10 students were experiencing levels of psychological distress indicative of poor mental health. Of greater concern was that few students were willing or able to seek help or to access support services.