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ProYouth offers online, anonymous supports to those 3rd and 4th level students struggling with eating and body issues. Screening tests to identify your personal risk of developing an eating disorder. These tests can be repeated weekly, to allow you to track your progress over time.  Join ProYouth to self test yourself.

The website has articles and a blog with information and inspiration to cope with issues relating to self-esteem, mental and physical health, body dissatisfaction, and media influences on eating and body issues. There  is message boards with a variety of topics relevant to eating and body issues, where students and trained student moderators provide support and a place to express your concerns. The opportunity to book 1 to 1 chats with a health care professional, for more individual support and help to identify ways of getting better.

The main objectives of the ProYouth online information and support system are:

  • To provide information and educate about mental health, health promotion, and eating disorders.
  • To assist young people in detecting problematic attitudes and risk behaviours early.
  • To give tips on what young people can do to help themselves or others.
  • To offer peer and professional support via the Internet and thus counteract the development of eating disorders and related problems.
  • To facilitate access to the regular health care system (e.g. counselling, treatment) and thus limit the time between occurrence of symptoms and access to professional help.

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Participation in ProYouth is voluntary, anonymous and free of cost. If you are a registered third or fourth level student in Ireland, click to access the self test and register for participation.

Who can participate?

The ProYouth project in Ireland is led by the Student Counselling Service in Trinity College Dublin. The project aims to disseminate the programme to all third level institutions in the Republic of Ireland. There are 7 Universities and 14 Institutes of Technology in total, with a combined student population of approximately 150,000. If you are a registered student in one of these colleges, click JOIN! to become part of the Irish ProYouth community.

The ProYouth project will be co-ordinated in Ireland by Orla McLoughlin, registered Counselling Psychologist and member of the clinical team at the Student Counselling Service, TCD. The project is also supported by Deirdre Flynn, director of the service, and the counselling and administration staff of the service.

To contact the team, please phone 01 8964320 or email

Partners of ProYouth in Ireland

The following institutions have joined us in our effort to promote and implementation the ProYouth initiative in Ireland:

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • UCD
  • NUI Galway
  • NUI Maynooth
  • IADT Dun Laoghaire
  • UCC
  • UL
  • IT Blanchardstown
  • Limerick IT
  • DIT
  • Cork IT
  • Waterford IT
  • IT Tralee
  • DKIT (Dundalk IT)
  • AIT (Athlone IT)
  • GMIT (Galway-Mayo IT)
  • IT Sligo
  • IT Carlow
  • St Patricks, Drumcondra
  • St Angela’s, Sligo
  • USI (Union of Students in Ireland)
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