Blog - Please Talk

Please Talk 10 Year Anniversary

Please Talk was set up in 2007 in response to five students who lost a friend through suicide. They realised the importance of getting students to talk and seek help when in distress. Since then it is grown into a national campaign which signposts third level students to social supports available on and off campus. To celebrate this


World Mental Health Day – 10th October

I am so unbelievably happy that these days, World Mental Health Day exists. Each year I can see more people opening up about their mental health struggles, something most people would have never done not that long ago. I’m twenty years old and throughout primary and secondary school, I heard next to nothing about mental


College Stress and Student Wellbeing

That assignment that was ages away is suddenly due tomorrow, now there are at least 4 more that are due next week; on top of me trying to work every spare minute so I can to cover my bills. Who ever said college life was great must have been lying! I am so stressed right


Are you Aware of the Supports Available on Campus?

Are you aware of the supports available on campus? While college is mainly about academic studies, it also caters for your holistic development as a person. Colleges offer a range of social supports and services which can help you as you progress through your course. These social supports include; Student Union Services Student Counselling Student


Signs of Problem Gambling in yourself and others

Gambling is a pastime which many Irish people enjoy. It is deeply engrained in our culture. In fact, Ireland has the second highest spend, per person, on gambling – in the world. While for the majority of people who gamble, it is a relatively harmless bit of fun, there are many who experience harm from

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Problem Gambling – How Students are Affected

Gambling is a pastime which many Irish people enjoy. It is deeply engrained in our culture. In fact, Ireland has the second highest spend, per person, on gambling – in the world. While for the majority of people who gamble, it is a relatively harmless bit of fun, there are many who experience harm from


Aoife’s Story

When I was 12 I lost a family member to suicide. I remember a little bit after we found out I was sitting on my dads bed with him, he was crying unconsolably his head in his hands. I was just really confused. I genuinely didn’t have a clue what was going on. In April


Nicola's story

I’m Nicola and first experienced mental health difficulties in my mid-twenties after an incident of self-harming. Today I use the scar as a daily reminder to be self-compassionate. Believe me I wasn’t always as grounded! From that first incident until my first hospital admission over twenty years later  I survived outside the system without knowing