Helping to promote positive mental health on campus
By Mary Dennehy
STUDENTS at IT Tallaght have this week been engaging in a host of activities and workshops which promote positive mental health, alongside learning of the many supports available both on campus and in the wider community.
The college’s annual Mental Health Week was officially launched on Monday, when Finbar Walsh, the father of Cork teen Donal Walsh, and Conor Boksberger, the Senior Clinical Support Worker with Jigsaw Tallaght, paid a visit.
Since then, students have been engaging in a diverse range of events which promote awareness around positive mental health, alongside raising funds for support services and charities.
A 12-hour cycle-thon pedalled off in the college on Monday for the Donal Walsh LiveLife Foundation, a quiz was held for Pieta House, a cake sale for youth mental health agency Jigsaw Tallaght and a host of positive workshops, inspirational talks, free therapies and information for students.
Shauna Homan, ITT Student Union Deputy Welfare Officer told The Echo: “The main aim of the week is simple, it’s to promote all of the positive mental health resources and options available on campus and in the wider community to students who may be going through a difficult time.
“We also try to highlight different ways in which a student can look after their mental health, like through sport, healthy eating, getting enough sleep etc.”
She added: “there’s so much going on this week and the engagement from students has been brilliant.”
To contact Jigsaw Tallaght call 4649350, or visit www.headstrong.ie/jigsaw/.
Visit www.pieta.ie or call Pieta House Tallaght on 6200020 and www.donalwalshlivelife.org