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Student survey research

Student survey research

Would you like the chance to win an iPad and to help improve mental health supports and services for college students?

ReachOut Ireland, the HSE and the Irish Association of University and College Counsellors (IAUCC) are conducting a short online survey to find out where college students get mental health information and support.

The survey is also supported by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).

Have your say. Your input is important!

Your answers will guide recommendations for the HSE about how students can be best supported during college.

>>Take part in the survey… (the survey will work best on a desktop or laptop)

What’s this about?

This aims to explore where college students prefer to get help, information or support for their mental health and wellbeing.

It takes no more than 15 minutes to complete. We’ll ask you for some basic information about yourself, and there are short sections on your mental health and thoughts on different types of supports and resourcess.

We’re particularly interested in your views of e-mental health (using the internet and technology for mental health information and support), as well as different types of college services and supports.

What’s the benefit of taking part in this survey?

Your responses will be used to inform the HSE and different colleges about how support services and resources for college students can be improved and developed.

Participants can also enter a draw to win an iPad by following the instructions on-screen after completing the survey.

Will it be possible to identify me from the survey results?

No. This survey is anonymous (we don’t ask for your name) and IP addresses will not be collected. Ony the research team will have access to individual responses. The report published at the end of the study will refer to the responses collectively, without reference to any individual.

Do I have to take part?

Completing the survey is voluntary. If you decide to take part, you can stop filling in the survey at any time. You can also skip any survey questions you prefer not to answer.

What will happen to the results?

A report will be published to present an overview of the collective responses and outline recommendations for the HSE and different colleges about the planning of supports and services for students.

Results of the study may be presented at future academic or research conferences, or within research journals. Again, any presentations or publications will be based on the overall results of the survey. It won’t be possible for any individual to be identified.

Anything else I need to know?

Some questions will ask about your mental health and how you’ve been feeling. If you feel distressed or uncomfortable after reading or answering these questions, see the websites and helplines below that provide information and support.

Additionally, if you would like to avail of clinical support from ReachOut’s Clinical Adviser, contact members of the ReachOut Ireland team using the details below.

All survey data will be stored and managed in accordance with relevant legislation, including the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act, with due regard to the collation of the data gathered in an anonymised manner.

As with all of our work, ReachOut Ireland will conduct this research and engage with prospective and actual respondents in a discrete and sensitive fashion, notwithstanding relevant statutory limitations on confidentiality, ensuring public mental health and wellbeing remains paramount.

For more information…

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact members of the research team from ReachOut Ireland:

ReachOut Ireland, Unit 4, The Stables, Alfred Street, Cork.

Colleges taking part 

  • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)
  • Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT)
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
  • National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
  • University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB)
  • Institute of Technology, Sligo (ITS)
  • Institute of Technology, Tallaght (ITT)
  • National College of Art and Design (NCAD)
  • Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)
  • University of Limerick (UL)
  • National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM)
  • St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
  • University College Cork (UCC).

Please note that you need to be 18 years-old or older to participate in this study.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

>>Take part in the survey… (the survey will work best on a desktop or laptop)

Supports and services

If you want to talk with someone now

Contact Samaritans on:
Phone: 116 123 (Freephone Republic of Ireland) or 08 457 90 90 90 (UK inc. Northern Ireland)


24 hours a day, 365 days a year

If you, or someone you know, is in crisis

  • Contact your GP. To find yours, visit
  • Go to, or contact, the A&E Department of your nearest hospital
  • Emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialing 999 or 112.

Find the phone number and details of the Student Counselling Service within your college

Mental health information and support services – offers comprehensive information on all aspects of mental health and how to get help, and provides a safe space for engaging with a team of trained moderators and a panel of experts.  – provides a variety of support options, including online counselling, online support groups and live chat.

www.yourmentalhealth.ieprovides information on mental health, support services near you and the everyday #littlethings that can make a difference to your mental health and wellbeing. – offers online support for eating disorder issues, including an online group counselling service. – offers drug and alcohol information and support including a ‘live helper’ service that lets you chat to a staff member online.

This study has been granted ethical approval from the Social Research Ethics Committee of UCC.


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