Category: NUS-USI Policy Proposal
The levels of mental health issues affecting the population of Northern Ireland is a worrying problem. Research shows that mental health is a concern for young people with a significant amount having had concerns or worries about illnesses including anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders.
Resilience to the problems of everyday life amongst students within the FE sector has often been mentioned as a factor in poor mental health. Individual resilience, built through self-discovery and personal development activity, can be so beneficial.
Colleges can play a leading role in embedding resilience skills to help deal with such issues.
International mobility offers a pathway to finding new partners, techniques and methodologies to make progress in such areas. Links with European partners, keen to play a leading role in discovering new techniques, can be discovered.
The development of Self-discovery activity based workshops, building upon the theory that failure can be a positive experience, would be an ideal outcome. Other techniques and methodologies could also be found during research stage of potential projects.
I think this should be the primary policy, before you transform an institution, you need to heal the individual in whatever way that makes itself evident - the psychological literature couldn't be clearer that courage is what anxious people need, not a hole to hide in, and researching the various manners in which this can be done would change the face and the heart of student life in the UK and Ireland