SU runs Mental Fitness Week

DCU Students’ Union is presenting a range of inspiring, educating and entertaining events this week in an effort to make students more attentive of their mental fitness.

Building on the success of last semester’s Mental Health Week, the Students’ Union decided to host a second week this semester, focusing on the mental health, fitness and capabilities of all students.

Mental health is a priority area for this year’s SU Welfare Officer Neil Collins, who spoke in the first semester of his wish for students to open up on their mental health experiences. “We’re hoping to encourage people that sharing their story is the best practice and we’re hoping to take the stigma away from having mental health problems,” he said.

Events have been taking place throughout the week, including a food fair held in the Hub at 11am today.

Tomorrow morning will see the Hub host a rock message giveaway, also at 11am. This special event will give students the chance to show their appreciation for the person in their lives who is always there for them: their ‘rock’.

Casting took place earlier this week for a mental health video in which DCU students share their mental health stories and tips for mental fitness. The video will be released tomorrow afternoon.

Wrapping up the week’s busy events schedule will be a revealing of the UV Wall, on which students have been writing their secrets and feelings as well as tips for mental health throughout the week. The event takes place tomorrow at 6pm in the Old Bar.

Earlier this week renowned psychologist Dr Fergus Heffernan spoke to students on the topic of stress management and minding our mental health; Music Soc hosted a positive and relaxing Open Mic night in the Venue and students received SafeTalk training, which advises on how best to talk to those at risk of suicide.

DCU President Professor Briain MacCraith and Head of Counselling Helena Ahern were in the Union on Tuesday to launch DCU Mental Health Forum – a group of professionals working together to tackle issues relating to mental health in the university.

National Centre for Youth Mental Health, Headstrong, is the chosen flagship charity for this year’s SU.

Sarah Bermingham

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