USI President, Lorna Fitzpatrick said:“This is such an important resource for students, anxiety and depression is something that an uncountable amount of students suffer from on a day to day basis. In the USI National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education, we found that 34.4% of students were put on a waiting list for counselling services for at least one week, this text line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While a fifth [20.9%] of students reported not having someone to talk to about personal and emotional difficulties.We encourage all students to seek help and practice daily self care, as third level education is such a trying time between college deadlines, study, part-time work and maintaining family and friend relationships.”
👉 Once you text USI to 086 1800 280, a trained volunteer will introduce themselves, reflect on what you have said, and invite you to share at your own pace. You will text back and forth, only sharing what you feel comfortable with. By asking questions, listening to you and responding with support, the volunteers will help you sort through your feelings until you feel that you are now in a calm, safe place. You may be provided with some signposting to other services offered by our partner organisations, so that you can continue to get support.
- Suicidal thoughts
- Abuse or assault
- Relationship breakdown