Tackling the student mental health crisis is our priority over the next 2 years.
Students are at a higher risk of developing mental health problems, with research showing many people first experience mental health problems or first seek help when they are at university or college.
Northern Ireland (NI) has the highest levels of mental ill health in the UK with higher levels of depression, self-harm and suicide but the lowest spend on mental health.
Mental Health has been an emergency which students have faced but with the lack of a local government in NI has not been addressed. The New Decade New Approach Deal committed to a Mental Health Strategy and we want to ensure students are part of it.
We believe there needs to be targeted long-term investment in student mental health services that are accessible to all students across Northern Ireland.
Our research showed that 78% of students experienced a mental health worry in the previous 12 months, with over half of students not reaching out for support. Mental Health issues impacted on their quality of life, study, grades and relationships. This was prior to the global pandemic and the additional stresses it has caused for students and student life.
By providing a platform for members, students and wider supporters, we will help tell the story of the problem and build public support. With up-to-date research we’ll reveal how covid-19 has exacerbated this crisis. And we’ll work in partnership with mental health providers and campaigners to make the issue heard.
1. Read our student health and wellbeing report 2017
2. Find guidance in our Mind your head – a student guide to mental health booklet
3. More information available in The Student Survival Guide produced by NUS-USI and PSNI.
4. HSC mental health services directory
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