Here is the provisional timetable for the upcoming Student Mental Health Conference on Monday December 3rd
9.15-10.00am Registration & Coffee
10.00-10.10am Welcome & Orientation – by Convenor, Helena Ahern, Head of Counselling, DCU
10.10-10.30am Opening Address – by Mr Dan Neville
Mr Neville is a FG TD and Chair of the Irish Suicidology Association
10.30-11.20am My World Survey 2012 – Key Descriptive Findings
UCD Researcher, Dr Amanda Fitzgerald will present data on the mental health experiences of over 8,000 third level students aged 17-25 years in Ireland. It will provide data on levels of distress, coping strategies, life satisfaction, self-esteem, alcohol behaviour, and risk-taking behaviours among this cohort of young people. It will identify the top stressors and ways of coping among students and the places they are ‘most likely’ to use and ‘actually’ use as sources of support for their mental health. It will explore data on self-harm, suicide, and help seeking behaviour as well as and where young people access supports after a suicide attempt.
11.20-11.45am Coffee Break
11.45-12.15am Perspectives on Student Mental Health from Student Support Services
12.15-1.00pm My World Survey 2012: Going Deeper
This presentation, delivered by Dr Barbara Dooley, UCD, will provide a more in-depth discussion of the risk and protective factors related to students’ mental health and well-being. For example, the presentation will look at the links between alcohol and substance misuse and mental health and the role of help-seeking in young people’s mental health. It will look at what may buffer mental health difficulties in students. It will present key questions to the audience for small group discussion about different aspects of students’ mental health.
2.00-2.15pm Orientation to Breakout Groups- By key themes
2.15-3.00pm Break Out Groups
Here participants will join a break-out group to discuss a key theme of interest. Themes will include alcohol and mental health, help-seeking, financial stress and emergency support among others. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on how their institution responds to these critical issues in student mental health, share examples of strategies and interventions used and brainstorm on any changes in practice required to provide a more helpful response.
3.00-3.30pm Review of key discussion points
3.30-3.45pm Coffee Break
3.45-4.30pm Panel Discussion led by Dr Noel O’Connor, Director of Student Services, DIT
The Panel Discussion will consist of senior individuals from various college support services, academic disciplines and related community services who will be invited to reflect on and comment on particular themes from the day as well questions and comments from the audience.
Dr Maria Hinfelaar, President of Limerick Institute of Technology and Chair of Institutes of Technology Ireland
Dr Lewis Purser, Director of Academic Affairs, Irish Universities Association
Ms Denise McCarthy – VP/Welfare Officer, Union of Students in Ireland
Dr Tony Bates, Director of Headstrong
Mr Brian Gormley, President of Confederation of Student Services Ireland
Mr John Broderick, Chairperson IAUCC
4.30-4.45pm Conclusion and Closing Address