My first experience with anxiety and depression began when I was 15 years of age. I assumed it was just a phase, and something I would soon grow out of.

Unfortunately, it was not a phase and I dealt with depression and anxiety in secrecy throughout my twenties.

Who did I talk to?

I approached a student nurse at N.U.I.G. She then referred me to the student counselling services.

What are the little things that work for me?

Exercise continues to be a great help and helps maintain my energy levels whilst studying. I also listen to music frequently. However, the most helpful thing continues to be sharing my experiences with others. I am continually being made aware that I am not alone in the challenges I have experienced, and inspired by others who have shared experiences similar to mine.

Chloe Lappin, N.U.I.G.

About the Please Talk #ITalked campaign

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.