Please Talk NUI Galway is a little different, in that we're not just encouraging students to talk, but staff as well. We're looking at the NUI Galway community as a whole - students interacting with students, students with staff, staff with staff, staff with students - it's hard to separate the two. We hope to become the focal point for all mental/emotional well-being activity on campus and act as a conduit for other groups to share their activities and events. Ideally, Please Talk will become the first port of call for anyone looking for information on support available to all members of the NUI Galway community.
The crux of this campaign is talking - feeling able to admit to a bad day, being able to support a friend, colleague or student through a tough time, sharing and encouraging successes, and above all, remembering that mental health is something we all have. It's also something we all have to look after, just as much as we do our physical health, and the easiest place to start is by simply talking. Take a look here to see some experiences which have been shared by students and staff.