‘Mental Health Week’ took place at Letterkenny Institute of Technology from Monday 18 November to Wednesday 20 November, 2013. This event, organised by the Student Union Welfare Officer, Tanya Russell included a host of on- campus activities aimed at encouraging young people to ‘Chat for Change’. This event ran simultaneous to the Union of Students national campaign #moretalkmoreaction.
The event targeted both young men and women studying at the Institute, to reach out and talk to each other. The ‘Have a break, Have a Kit- Kat’ event, took place on Monday 18 November, and this event encouraged students to sit down with a tea/coffee and relax! Tanya commented that ‘The daily stresses of college life, which include study pressure, financial strain and work/life balance issues can be very overwhelming and it was hoped that this week long event encouraged students to open up more and talk about their feelings’.
The event ended on a high with the three Institutes of Technologies in the Connaught-Ulster Alliance of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Sligo Institute of Technology and LYIT coming together, on campus at LYIT and participating in the LYIT 5K Fun Run on Wednesday 20 November, 2013.