Your Mental Health

Helping Yourself and Helping Others

Mental Health Week Oct 1st - 5th - Check out our timetable of events

We each have moments when we allow things to pile up on top of us and get us down. It can be anything from stress, a bad break-up, depression or something worse. We often neglect our mental well-being in favour of our physical health. The thing that we need to realise is that without good mental health, then there is no good physical health. When a friend seems low, it is important to let them know you care. One way to help is to go for a walk together. It may seem simple, but it helps make a connection. If your friend is falling behind in college then you need to have a frank discussion of what they need to do and what you can do to help them.
The most important thing that you can do for your friend is tell them about the help that is available to them in the University. Also offer to go with them to look for help. Should you be interested in doing a suicide prevention course then check out our Life Skills - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training page

The most important thing that we all need to know is that no matter the problem, be it Stress, Depression, an Eating Disorder, Suicide or Drugs there is help available out there.

Getting Help on Campus

Student Counselling Service

The Student Counselling service is located at No.5 Distillery Rd and the Chaplains are located in St. Declan's on Distillery Rd.

The counselling service on offer to students and whatever the problem you can turn to one of the University Counsellors for help. There is no area of concern to students which falls outside the scope of the student counsellors. They deal with every conceivable problem including:

  • Coping with personal loss, grief

  • Sexual conflicts

  • Shyness and loneliness

  • Uncertainty about personal worth

  • Other personal problems

The counsellors are trained professionals who can help people with work related stress; study problems, concentration difficulties,examination anxiety,loneliness,shyness,coping with personal loss,grief,sexual conflicts,uncertainty about personal worth or other personal problems. There is also a specialist drugs and alcohol counsellor.Nobody will know that you are seeing a counsellor unless you choose to tell them.

The Chaplains

The Chaplains support and give expression to the University's commitment to the development of the whole person, mind, body and soul. The Chaplains listen, respect and respond. They can mediate with University authorities and outside agencies as well as liaising with academic Colleges and departments when appropriate. They are involved in the provision of a range of activities which seek to encourage reflection, maturity, self-reliance and personal responsibility. They are also responsible for the College Chapel which is an oasis of hospitality and welcome in the midst of a busy campus.

If you are not comfortable speaking to someone on campus, you can contact the Students' Union Vice-President/Welfare Officer who can speak to the person and ask to get you an appointment with someone else. Whatever the problem don't worry about it on your own. Get some help and support and don't forget the service is absolutely confidential, free and there are no formalities.
Contacts

Vice-President/Welfare Officer
Students' Union
(091) 524810 extn. 2747
Student Health Unit
Áras na Mac Léinn
(091) 492604
Emergencies: (087) 2623997
Student Counsellors
No.5 Distillery Rd
(091) 524411 etn. 2482
Student Chaplains
St. Declan's, Distillery Rd
(091) 495055

If you would be more comfortable talking to someone outside the University, all of these contacts will put you in touch with external counsellors and/or health professionals. However, these may be expensive.

You can also phone the Samaritans: (091) 561222 or Lo Call 1850 609090 who offer a non-judgmental, non-directive and confidential listening service for persons going through difficulty in their life.

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