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IT Carlow allocated €242,000 by Minister Harris to support students’ mental health and wellbeing

25/08/2020

IT Carlow allocated €242,000 by Minister Harris to support students’ mental health and wellbeing Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has allocated €242,000 to Institute of Technology Carlow to support students’ mental health and wellbeing.

The announcement is part of a comprehensive financial package of €5million to support higher education students as they prepare to return to college.

The funding will be used to: recruit additional student counsellors and assistant psychologists; implement the soon to the published National Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Framework; and implement the Framework for Consent in HEIs; Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive: Ending Sexual Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions.

Commenting on the announcement, the president of Institute of Technology Carlow, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy said, “We warmly welcome the €242,000 earmarked by Minister Harris for Institute of Technology Carlow. It comes at a time of great challenge and change in the lives of students around the country. We will use it wisely to continue the great work of our Student Services and our medical centre in supporting the health and wellbeing of our student body”.

It is understood the HEA will contact IT Carlow and other higher education institutions in the coming week and set 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.

“For students, the college experience has been different this year from ever before. Students have had to adjust to remote learning and carried out without face-to-face support from their college or their peers. For these reasons, I have sought to support student counselling services, key mental health interventions and the provision of a safe, respectful, supportive and positive environment in our higher education institutions.