Students with Mental Health Conditions

Mental health difficulties are as common as heart disorders and three times more common than cancer. Although figures and definitions vary, it is clear that thousands of people in Ireland will themselves encounter difficulties, or know someone encountering difficulties.

Mental health difficulties include anxiety, obsessions, phobias, depression, bipolar depression, eating disorders and schizophrenia. Many difficulties are temporary and may respond to rest, counselling or medication. Individuals may also experience long term difficulties which are interspersed with periods of good and poor health. The most common symptoms of mental health difficulties are social withdrawal and depression.