Student mental health in higher and further education – need for a new approach

Professor Mary Cannon, Louise Goux-Wirth, Dr Michele Hill, Professor Jo Smith

75 minutes


June 2022

Congress webinar


This session will provide insight into the mental health issues faced by students in third level education. A presentation by Louise Goux-Wirth from StudentMinds will outline the difficulties faced by students in the transition from second to third level education and the work carried out by StudentMinds. Dr Michele Hill from University College Cork will outline the need for a new stepped-care, multidisciplinary approach in treating student with a range of mental health difficulties in third level education. Finally, Professor Emeritus Jo Smith (Worcester University) will talk about how a university or college should respond to the difficult issue of student suicide. There will be time for discussion led by the chairperson Prof Mary Cannon, and consideration of new approaches and next steps.

Chair: Professor Mary Cannon, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Developing new and innovative ways to improve the mental health of students and empower change - Louise Goux-Wirth, Programme Manager for StudentSpace, StudentMinds, UK

Student mental health – time to review the service model - Dr Michele Hill, Consultant Psychiatrist, Student Health Department, University College Cork

Preventing and responding to student suicide in further education and higher education settings - Professor Jo Smith, Emeritus Professor of Early Intervention and Psychosis, University of Worcester


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