Student mental health services and mental health awareness are crucial. Sometimes when life feels overwhelming and all too much you need to know you have support available when you need it the most. The stress of college life, living away from home and financial woes are just some of the factors the impede on your mental wellness.
There is never an issue that is too small or too big and it's important that you discuss it and work through it! As you get older a lot of counselling services are not free and readily available so it's crucial to make the most of them during a stressful period like college. Here are just some support services that are available to you on college campuses:
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity Colleges Student Counselling Service (SCS) provides online counselling, one to one counselling and groups & workshops.
University College Dublin
UCD offers a free counselling service that you must book in order to use the service. They encourage students to contact the service themselves directly to make an appointment: phone at 01-7163133. The service asks you to fill out and print the Student Counselling Registration Form beforehand and bring it with you to reception. Opening hours are Mon – Fri 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00pm to 5.00 pm.
Dublin College University
DCU offers a free counselling service. There are three different service areas spread across DCU in the Glasnevin Campus, St. Patrick's Campus and All Hallow's Campus where you have to go to register for the counselling service. Once registered you will be contacted by a member of the Counselling team.
Dublin's Institute of Technology (DIT)
Due to demand there is unfortunately a waiting time for 6 to 8 weeks for counselling services. Click on the link to fill in the form. If it is an emergency there is counselling available Monday - 11am - DIT Mountjoy Square (Room 324), Tuesday -9.30am - DIT Aungier Street (room 2042) and Thursday - 9.30am - DIT Aungier Street (room 2043)
University College Cork (UCC)
UCC have many available services to suit your needs. Just click on this link to uncover the many services available.
University of Limerick (UL)
UL will host workshops on campus to help with issues such as anxiety, depression and self care. Here is this week's timetable. The college also offers counselling services. Call the offices number to make an appointment. The office has walk-ins from 11:00 to 12:00pm & 3:00 to 4:00pm in CM073, Main Building.
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
A Counsellor will be available to see students who require immediate support without an appointment at the Galway Campus. Time will be reserved each day for urgent appointments. The Mayo campus you can make an appointment by email, phone, or dropping by the Counselling Office. You can drop in from 11.15am - 12pm daily - appointments are not required during these hours. To find out more details click here.
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)
NUIG have a number of services available online in the form of cognitive behavioural therapy, in person counselling and workshops. To book an appointment for counselling click here.
Other services available:
Niteline.ie: 1800 793 793 is the number and it''s ran by other students going through the same issues as you are. Lines are open every night of term from 9pm – 2:30am.
Aware: The Aware Support Line is 1800 80 48 48 and is available Monday – Sunday, 10am to 10pm.
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: National 24-Hour Helpline: 1800 77 88 88
Pieta House: You can contact Pieta House any hour of the day by phoning Freecall 1800 247 247
Samaritans: Call 116 123 24hrs a day /7days a week, any time - 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call them on the phone. This number is FREE.
BodyWhys: A support service for people struggling with body dysmorphia issues. The helpline is 1890 200 444. The helpline is open for two hours during each session and is delivered by a team of trained volunteers.
The majority of campuses offer workshops for you to learn more about self care and mental health. Take advantage of the services provided and get any guidance you need
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