Mental Health Week

Mental Health Awareness week is to help raise awareness for mental health and the well-being  for students of LYIT.

It is Important to generate a public knowledge around how anxiety, sleep deprivation and exercise can impact our mental health. it is then important to realize that everybody has mental health and learn how to ensure your mental health is looked after. For each person this is different but it is important to learn what works for you as having positive mental health helps in all aspects of your life.

LYIT Mental Health week took place on the 13th – 17th of November 2017.

poster for mental health week

This academic Year we had the amazing Alcohol Forum, Jigsaw, Donegal Youth Service and Donegal Mind Wellness in to offer their services and support to passing students.

We had great enthusiasm for the legendary speaker Jason Black who discussed how he has climbed K2 and how to look after your mental Health.

For the active students we also facilitated a mud run which had everybody soaking wet, and everyone who attended had a blast.

Tips for students with anxiety

Relaxation: Relaxation helps you to cope with the stresses of everyday life.

Exercise: Physical activity benefits your body and mind. The college provides students with a lot of activities that can get you out and about, sports such as basketball, football, badminton and the Gym is free for all LYIT students. if the gym doesnt seem to be the place for you all it takes is a five minute walk to help keep fit and have a healthy and happy mind.

Balance Diet: Eating a balanced diet is an essential part of keeping a good well-being. Don’t skip meals and do try to eat from all the food groups.

Take time out: Remember to take a deep breath and count to ten. Meditate, go for a walk or even a lie down.

Put things to prospective: Looking at life from a new angle, ask yourself if you are blowing thing out of proportion (we tend to blow things out of proportion at times). talk to supports such as friends or family, or a helpful member from the SU as a problem shared is a problem halved.

Talk to someone: Never bottle up your feelings to the point of explosion. Talk to friends, roommates, church leader, family members or call in to the Student Union. There is always help and you are never on your own.