UCD Student Counselling Service Delivery Update: Cornonavirus (Covid-19)

Last Update: 7th August 2020

The UCD Student Counselling team is continuing to support students who are already receiving counselling using telephone and video. 

As we prepare for the new academic year (2020/21), our ambition is to offer socially distanced in-person counselling in trimester 1. In addition, the counselling team will also continue to offer phone and video counselling where deemed appropriate to accommodate students who are studying remotely. We will provide regular updates on our website to keep you informed of progress and how the service will work going forward. 

The UCD Student Counselling service delivery framework is designed to avoid unnecessary stand by time for students. In the best interest of all students, if you are a registered student who is seeking counsel, please engage with the service at the time when you are ready to start counselling. Be assured when you register, you will be offered a counselling appointment within 10 working days of your request where resources allow. We work with counselling services in the vicinity of UCD, to provide counselling at busy times.   

To arrange to speak with a counsellor, please contact our team by phone at 01 716 3134 or email student.counselling@ucd.ie. 

 

What if I need urgent help?

If you are feeling very distressed and need urgent mental health support, you need to contact your GP surgery to request an emergency appointment. Additional options for immediate assistance can also be found here.

 

Are there any other services available to me outside of the UCD Counselling Service? 

The following services may also be of assistance: 

HSE primary care psychology service 

HSE Mental health service 

both the above are accessed through your GP 

  • Pieta
  • Samaritans
  • Jigsaw
  • Spunout

The University’s free CBT self-help tool SilverCloud is an excellent resource and is actively helping students deal with emotions such as anxiety and stress at this time.