Data collection for the first national study on youth mental health has been completed by UCD School of Psychology and Headstrong. More than 15,000 young people aged 12 to 25 years have been surveyed on their mental health and wellbeing. ‘My World’ has collected data from over 7,000 students in second level and another 8,000 students in third level. A further 1,000 young people who are employed, unemployed, or enrolled on FAS training schemes have also participated in this important study.
The research aims to look at the risk and protective factors of youth mental health in Ireland. This research is valuable as it provides us with a baseline of data on the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Ireland today. The research will fill in the many information gaps that currently exist around youth mental health.
UCD School of Psychology and Headstrong would like to thank all the post-primary schools, third-level institutions, businesses, organisations, FAS centres, sports clubs, and youth groups who were involved. We would also like to thank all the young people who took part in the survey and our researchers and volunteers who worked on the Survey with us.
This comment was provided to us by one young person who completed the My World Survey:“I just wanted to say I really liked the idea of the survey. In helping to understand teenagers better we might be able to provide better facilities. I lost a close friend to suicide a year ago and I wish I could have done something to help or make her feel better. I hope that this survey helps people in the future. Thank you!” (Female, 16 years)