When I was starting in U.C.D. I was terrified. I had dropped out of a previous course because I was so depressed and anxious that I just couldn't cope anymore. After much encouragement from my mam, I reluctantly agreed to give college another shot.
At this stage I still hadn't told anybody the real reasons for dropping out of my previous course. So it's not surprising that when I started in U.C.D., all of these unresolved issues reared their ugly heads again and I fell into the darkest, most frightening place I've ever been.
I was so low that living felt like a waste of energy and emotion. I knew then that I had to talk to someone.
Who did I talk to?
I received supports from U.C.D., my G.P. and most importantly my family and friends. If it weren't for them, I probably wouldn't be here today.
What are the little things that work for me?
I still have bad days, but the difference is I also have good days. And on the bad days, my family and friends are there to help me through it.
Ciara McGuinness, U.C.D.
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.