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Mental Health Awareness Week launched

ReachOut.com has partnered with the Student Union of Ireland (USI), PleaseTalk and HeadsUp to launch Mental Health Awareness Week.

The week kicked off on Monday, 21 November in University College Cork. Guest speakers included our own Derek Chambers along with Joan Freeman of Pieta House, and Collette Ryan from HeadsUp.

Tips for the third level

The central theme of the week is to deliver practical ideas to students on how to look after their mental health. Thousands of USI mental health packs will be distributed to colleges across the country incorporating a “What’s Your Tip?” campaign.

Students are asked to write down their top tip for getting through college. This campaign is to encourage students to express what gets them through college during difficult times and any advice they would give to fellow students.

As suicide in Ireland is the biggest cause of death for 18 to 24 year-olds, it is hoped this campaign will open the discussion about mental health among Irish students.

Mental health disorders a priority

Gary Redmond, president of the USI said “mental health has always been a priority for USI but more so in the current economic climate. With the doom and gloom around the economy, students are experiencing increased stress which is impacting all aspects of their life. There has been a notable increase in mental health issues among students. We believe the Mental Health Awareness Week represents our commitment in facing these challenges.”

Be the change

ReachOut.com’s Derek Chambers said, “There has been a really important positive change in attitudes to mental health in recent years, driven by younger people. We must continue to encourage and promote this positivity and all try to be a part of the change so that nobody is left to feel alone. There is help and support out there, not just through formal services but in everyday settings from family and friends and online through services like ReachOut.com.”

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