Fifth anniversary of Pleasetalk.org
On Friday, 27 April at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, PleaseTalk.org celebrated its fifth anniversary. President Michael D Higgins and other distinguished guests and friends were there to celebrate.
From the beginning
PleaseTalk.org was launched in 2007 in UCD in response to the deaths of a number of students by suicide. By March 2008 it had been adopted by all of the universities in Ireland and extended into Northern Ireland in November 2011.
The goal of Please Talk is twofold:
• The campaign’s core message “talking is a sign of strength”. This encourages students to talk to someone if they’re going through a tough time
• PleaseTalk.org highlights the extensive supports available to students on their respective campuses throughout Ireland, as well as external information and services.
The PleaseTalk initiative is currently delivered by ReachOut.com and funded by the HSE through the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP).
Commenting on its support of PleaseTalk.org, Catherine Brogan Acting Director for NOSP said, “We have been a firm supporter of this initiative since its inception. It is a huge achievement to see how the PleaseTalk campaign has grown to become a national initiative.
“This campaign supports the key messages of the National Mental Health Campaign in relation to talking to someone when times are tough, listening to someone in distress and stressing the importance of seeking help early. It also promotes the message that ‘you are not alone’ and that there is help available”.
Today, PleaseTalk is an all-Ireland initiative present on 34 campuses across 32 counties with the potential to reach 500,000 students.