When I experienced survivors guilt and depression, I pretended it didn't exist. This made things worse and ended up impacting my social and academic life to the point where I dropped out of college and was suicidal.
I thought I was hiding it well but I wasn't - a homeless person told me I looked worse than him and he brought me to Samaritans on Coach Street in Cork.
No matter how bad things get, recovery is always possible!!
Who did I talk to?
I talked with the Samaritans, then a counsellor and a Cognitive Behaviour therapist.
What are the little things that work for me?
Running, meditation and tea are the little things that work for me now.
Gavin O'Donovan, U.C.C.
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.