Mental health services must be provided in colleges – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has said that mental health services must be provided in colleges throughout the state.
Speaking this morning following the publication of the USI National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said:
“Firstly I would like to welcome this mornings report. I understand it is the first of its kind and wish to commend USI for their initiative.
“The statistics are significant and need to be taken note of. The study found that 38% of students say they are experiencing extreme levels of anxiety, while 30% reported symptoms of depression.
“Although I was aware that mental health difficulties were present amongst students the level of prevalence is striking and worrying.
“Mental health services in this state are totally inadequate, and do not meet need or demand that is out there from both children and young people.
“I have regularly raised the of both the waiting list and understaffing issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in my own constituency, and the serious lack of funding directed towards it.
“Mental health services are chronically underfunded in this state and it’s time that changed.
“It is important that Minister Jim Daly takes stock of the evidence presented by USI this morning and ensure that mental health services are provided in all third-level institutions.”