ITT Students Union Organises Mental Health Week Events

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Highlighting Mental Health Week at IT Tralee were in front; Michelle Rowan and Petrina Comerford. At back; Mary McCoy, Shaun Walsh, Helen Edgar and Jessica Murphy. Photo by Dermot Crean

YESTERDAY was World Mental Health Day, but up at IT Tralee the students are holding a weeklong series of events to highlight the issue.

“We’ve organised a series of events for Mental Health Week on campus so that students are aware of mental health issues and to ensure it is not stigmatised,” said ITT Students Union President, Shaun Walsh.

“We have the St Vincent de Paul Society within the college who held a coffee morning to chat with students about mental health issues. It’s to let them know there’s always someone to talk to. College can be daunting and we want students to know there are services here to help them.”

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On Wednesday, the Sera Husky Rescue Group are visiting the North Campus while the South Campus held a free coffee/tea morning.

On Thursday, the college is having a ‘positive messages balloon drop’ where students write quotes on balloons and drop them from the third floor to students below.

“We’re trying to reduce the stigma around mental health,” said Jessica Murphy of the Students Union. “There’s a lot of ignorance around mental health and that leads to a lot of misunderstanding. We’re trying to reduce that in the college this week.”

Students highlighting Mental Health Week at IT Tralee this week. Photo by Dermot Crean

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