Mental Health Week
Mental Health Week
Mental Health Week takes place in the college during November each year and helps to raise awareness among students regarding their mental health and well-being.
It is important to generate public knowledge around how anxiety, sleep deprivation and exercise can impact our mental health. It is also important to realise that everyone should be aware of how to look after their mental health. 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.
Each year during Mental Health Week in college, a range of workshops offering services and support to students are facilitated by organisations such as the Alcohol Forum, Jigsaw, Donegal Youth Service and Donegal Mind & Wellness. A motivational speaker also attends and discusses various ways on how to look after your mental health. Fun and interactive based activities also take place.
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 college gym are free for all full-time LYIT students. If the gym doesn’t seem to be the place for you, all it takes is a 20 minute walk to help keep fit and have a healthy and happy mind.
Balance Diet: Eating a balanced diet is an essential part of maintaining 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 into prospective: Looking at life from a different angle, ask yourself if you are blowing things 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 up to the Student Union. There is always help and you are never on your own.