1,500 students attend counselling services at UCC in less than a year

1,500 students attend counselling services at UCC in less than a year

Self-harm and Risk was among the top seven most common reasons for attending counselling in UCC.

ALMOST 1,500 students attended counselling services at University College Cork between September 2017 and May 2018, it has been revealed.

Information obtained by the Evening Echo showed that 1,455 attended for counselling in the previous academic year, for a variety of reasons.

According to the University, anxiety was the most cited reason for attending among the almost 1,500 students.

‘Self-harm and Risk’ was among the top seven most common reasons for attending, the figures revealed, while academic issues, depression, relationships and identity issues made up the top five.

Also among the reasons for attending were eating disorders, addictive behaviours and sexual issues, abuse, loss, physical health, transitions and employment and welfare.

“The counselling service in UCC is one of the most vital services in UCC,” said UCC Students Union President Alan Hayes, who called on the government to provide the service with more funding.

“They are constantly struggling with resources and having to juggle their budget from one year to the next.

“The counselling is excellent and the department themselves need to be commended for the work they do and constantly are trying to do more with less,” he added.

“The government do not provide specific counselling funds, therefore, each summer is a scary time for the department to decide what way they are going to spend their limited and restricted budget.”

Combined with statistics from Cork Institute of Technology, these latest figures show that almost 2,000 students attended counselling services on Cork college campuses last year.

Counsellors in CIT provided almost 4,000 hours of counselling to more than 300 students last year, the Echo revealed recently.

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