PleaseTalk Forum 2013
The annual PleaseTalk Forum takes place tomorrow, Friday, 14 June 2013. This year’s theme is “PleaseTalk: you, me and our mental health”.
PleaseTalk 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 the Republic of Ireland and extended into Northern Ireland in November 2011.
Objectives of PleaseTalk
- A core message of the campaign is “talking is a sign of strength”. This encourages students to talk to someone if they’re going through a tough time
- The PleaseTalk website highlights the supports available to students on their respective campuses throughout the island of Ireland.
Forum running order
Derek Chambers from ReachOut.com will be MC-ing for the day, with Brian Gormely from DIT welcoming everyone at the start of the day. Gerry Raleigh, Director of National Office of Suicide Prevention, will be speaking at 11 am about the campaign.
Hearing from support staff
Eight breakout sessions will aim to get feedback from those attending, on a number of elements, from how to encourage engagement on campuses to what your ideal PleaseTalk.org could be.
After lunch, a panel discussion will cover the opportunities and challenges in promoting mental health at third level education.
The event will be at DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8 from 10.00 – 16.00 with lunch provided. All welcome.