The Student Mental Health Conference held by the PCHEI, then the Irish Association of University and College Counsellors (IAUCC) on December 3rd 2012 was an opportunity to hear the results of the My World Survey (2012), a large-scale survey of youth mental health carried out by Dr. Barbara Dooley and Dr. Amanda Fitzgerald of UCD in partnership with Headstrong.

The full My World Survey can be viewed and downloaded here.

For the purposes of the PCHEI event, the researchers specifically extracted the data from the college students aged 17-25 who took part in the study. They numbered over 8000, providing us with an important source of rich and robust data about the mental health and wellbeing of students in Ireland today. It includes information about their levels of distress, their coping strategies and help-seeking, levels of alcohol use, and various risk and protective factors for mental wellbeing.


Every person goes through times that are difficult for them either personally, in their relationships or in their work/study. Many people find that it can be hard to talk to friends/family during this time. This is quite normal. Student Counselling services offer the opportunity to come and talk to a professional counsellor in private to help resolve these issues. So if a student finds that something is interfering in some way with their college life, they can go and see their college Counsellor.

Below, please find links to other websites and services that offer on-line information and support for students.


Please Talk is a useful online directory of all the support services available on each campus in Ireland (over 30 colleges represented).

Website: is a service for young people dedicated to taking the mystery out of mental health. It provides information, advice and stories to help young people get through tough times.


In 2014 PCHEI (IAUCC) & collaborated together to produce, with funding from the HSE, current research on help seeking behaviour in third level students; a dedicated third level website resource; the setting up of an Editorial Team and the development of high quality mental health materials. During this period of successful collaboration, we sought funding from the ESB to commission innovative animations to include in this site. All working goals from this collaboration were met with the production of research, 4 bespoke animations produced by 3rd year IADT animation students in the areas of depression, mental health, social anxiety and managing the transition.

To download Research Document - Click here

Quality Assurance:

As part of our ongoing collaboration in mental health initiatives, we formed a working Editorial team. The working process is outlined in our Editorial guidelines and regular consultation is maintained with the animation students as they developed the work to ensure mental health standards are appropriate and within best professional practice guidelines.

To download Guidlines Document - Click here


How Heavy Is The Glass

What's The Point

Social Anxiety

Making The Transition


The PCHEI is the representative body of Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education in Ireland. It provides support for counsellors, and facilitates continuous professional development. The association also liaises with statutory bodies and other relevant agencies on student issues.

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