DIT staff & student on RTE’s The Afternoon Show


Wednesday, 11 November 2009

DIT’s Nita Whelan, Acting Head of the Counselling Service and engineering student Lauren O'Connell recently appeared on RTE’s The Afternoon Show to improve awareness of mental health issues in third level colleges nationwide. Their appearance comes on foot of a recent report which shows that the psychological well-being of one-third of Irish students is lower than that of their average peers. Indeed, the Union of Students in Ireland has expressed deep concern about the report’s revelations that the psychological well-being of 30,000 third level students in Ireland is being adversely affected by their experience of college.

While it is acknowledged that at least one in four of us will suffer some form of mental health difficulty during our lifetime, the statistics for students are very worrying. According to Nita Whelan, “ students often are juggling many different emotional elements of life like family, relationships, jobs, money, grades etc. which all weigh heavily and can easily lead to stress. Students also face incredible financial pressure - one third of all students regularly run out of money and no doubt this can have a devastating effect on their mental health.”

All third level colleges have support services available to those who might need help, and Nita and Lauren encouraged young people to look after their mental health and to talk about what is going on in their lives.

You can check out their appearance on RTE’s The Afternoon Show at – http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1059886 - the segment starts around 26 minutes and lasts for approximately 9 minutes.

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