Six students, each with a personal message to tell about their health, joined together for a mental health exhibit that toured college campuses to encourage openness around mental health.
More than simply telling Irish students to talk, the Please Talk #ITalked campus tour featured the messages of students who have been through a tough time and realised the power of talking.
Find out more on the Please Talk website.
Please Talk was first launched in January 2007 in U.C.D. It was in response to the deaths of a number of students by suicide in the student populous. Please Talk urges students to understand that talking is a strength not of weakness, and if you’re experiencing problems while at college, there are people there who you can talk to. It promotes this message through a collaborative effort involving the various support services present in colleges up and down the country such as: chaplains, counsellors, student support officers, students’ unions, disability support services and many, many more.
If students experience problems at home, college, or in their private lives, they can log on to www.pleasetalk.ie, select their college and identify what services that are available that they might want to access. Please Talk is supported by the H.S.E. through the National Office for Suicide Prevention, and is part of the National Mental Health Strategy.
Since it began, Please Talk has grown to reach 27 colleges throughout Ireland already, and thanks to funding from the National Office for Suicide Prevention, we are hopeful that Please Talk will have a home on every campus throughout Ireland, and the campaign’s message will become synonymous with being at college.
The Please Talk message is conveyed to students in a number of ways, including: through a range of branded materials (badges, t-shirts, pens, posters, and fliers), by organising events and initiatives such as comedy events, balloon launches, and celebrity visits, and by getting the Please Talk brand and logo included in printed and online materials being produced on campuses.