Students’ wellbeing and mental health – Support package announced
Minister Harris announces €5 million in student support
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today announced a comprehensive financial package of €5 million to support students’ wellbeing and mental health.
This significant funding increase comes at a time of great urgency around student support and reopening planning for the next academic year. It reflects the original €2 million funding for student mental health and wellbeing allocated to higher education for 2020 along with a further €3 million as a response to COVID-19.
The funding will be used to:
recruit additional Student Counsellors
recruit additional Assistant Psychologists
implementation of the Framework for Consent in HEIs; Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive: Ending Sexual Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions
implementation of the soon to be published National Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Framework
The HEA will be contacting higher education institutions in the coming week setting out individual allocations and the conditions attaching to the use of these funds in support of student services, student wellbeing and mental health.
Minister Harris said:
“The number one health issue for young people in Ireland today is concerns or worries around their mental health. These concerns have been compounded by the isolation and uncertainly brought forward by the COVID-19 pandemic