In june 2017 Ríona Hughes, Chairperson of BICS and Treasa Hannify, Please Talk presented at the national CSSI Conference in UCC.
The topic was
Harnessing Student Engagement to Create Mentally Healthy Campuses
In 2016 Please Talk and BICS teamed up to encourage student led societies to create Mental Health Promoting Events on their campuses. Please Talk is Ireland’s student led mental health movement which aims to signpost students to support services available both on and off campus, while also encouraging their peers to seek help around their mental health. The Board
of Irish College Societies (BICS) is a national organisation dedicated to providing a national forum for the societies in third level institutions, the promotion of interest in their activities and promoting contact and co-operation
between them. The events were to empower students to reduce the stigma around mental health and open the conversation about mental health and well-being. The initiative led to a new National Award for Societies presented at the BICS National Society Awards in April for the ‘Best Mental Health Promoting Event’ and has just completed its second successful year. In the first year there were 8 events from 7 colleges and ‘Walk the Talk’ from GMIT won the award. In year two, there were 13 events from 8 colleges and the winning event was ‘Stigma’ from UL. The presentation will share best practice in promoting student activity, share event ideas and explore the role of student led initiatives in creating supportive environments for our students mental health and well-being. Presenters: Treasa Hannify National Please Talk Officer and Ríona Hughes, Chairperson of the Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) and Societies Officer NUI Galway who has 17 years’ experience empowering students.
You can view the presentation at the link below.