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Inspire Ireland Insights Report 2012

Inspire Ireland’s Insights Report 2012, was launched today by Mr Jerry Buttimer, T.D., Chairman of the Oireachtas Health Committee. It examines attitudes and behaviour related to youth mental health and online support.

InspireReport2012launchAThe report explores the increasingly critical role that online resources have in supporting young people when they go through tough times.

What we found

Findings were based on the annual user-profile survey of visitors to ReachOut.com together with a sentiment analysis of all commentary on the site from June 2011 – June 2012.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Respondents are more confident in their ability to help a friend than to access support or information for themselves
  • A range of environmental factors were associated with depression. Isolation, strain on relationships and money worries were commonly cited on ReachOut.com
  • Visitors experiencing anxiety (16%) revealed that their problems were with generalised anxiety (28%), panic attacks (28%) and social anxiety (16%)
  • January was the busiest month for visits to ReachOut.com. Mondays and Tuesdays saw a peak in visitors, with lower numbers on Saturdays.

Insight

Launching the report, Deputy Buttimer commented, “It is imperative we understand how young people going through tough times use the internet for information and advice. These insights provide us with a window into their behaviour. We need to use this information to continue to reach out in safe and meaningful ways to those who need help and support.”

Demonstrating that people are becoming more reliant on online support, 81% of respondents to the ReachOut.com user-profile survey stated that they would be unlikely to call a helpline if they were going through a tough time.

68% said they would be more inclined to use online resources such as ReachOut.com. This is reflected in visitor analysis of the site, which shows an increase of 10% in traffic based on the same period last year.

Read Inspire Ireland Insights Report 2012 .pdf (9 MB)

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