DUNDALK Institute of Technology (DkIT) has launched a new website MyMindMatters.ie in a bid to provide support and advice to students about mental health and well-being.
The innovative website, which was launched on Monday, February 14, will enable students suffering from anxiety, depression or exam stress to engage in online counselling with DkIT student counsellors.
“For some people seeing a counsellor face to face is just too difficult or daunting. They may be too shy, embarrassed by their difficulties, or the demands on their time mean they are not able to access the services directly,” according to DkIT.
“Now counselling is available for students while they are on placement either here or abroad, and it is also hoped that it will make it easier for young men to reach out in times of distress as research shows that over 70 per cent of young men access help online.”
Mymindmatters.ie also provides a range of valuable information about topics such as coping with the transition to college life. It is a collaborative project between DkIT and three other colleges NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork.
It has attracted significant investment from government and college funds and will provide interactive and confidential help and support for students. Reachout.com, a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times, and find ways to improve their own mental health and well-being, is a collaborator on the website.
The launch marks a significant watershed in how support is provided to students in the academic environment in Ireland.
It is hoped that this innovative use of technology will add to the suite of student support services already provided to students in DkIT.