Date(s) - 18/01/2016 - 21/01/2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Waterford IT Students’ Union run a positive mental health campaign every year. This year it took place from Jan 18th-21st with a colourful and positive theme based around the characters from the Disney movie ‘Inside Out’. The week consisted of numerous events which can be found on the poster attached below. WIT Students’ Union are passionate about mental health and the whole campaign was based around normalising mental health and increasing awareness through fun and positive events. There is a sad side to mental health as we all know and it is important that people are aware of the suicide statistics but we feel that it is more important to look at the positives of mental health rather than the negatives and focus on encouraging students to speak up and talk to someone.
This year we held a Colour Run on campus to promote mental health awareness. The idea behind the colour run was to get people talking about the event and therefore talking about mental health. January can be a tough time for all and we felt it would be a good time to campaign about positive mental health and what better way to do it than make it fun and make people smile and laugh with friends. Colour Run t-shirts were sold for €5 and this money was given to our Raise & Give Charities.
During this campaign we also ran a Wear Your Emotions event which consisted of emotion stickers on a large visual board. The idea of the emotion stickers was to encourage students to express their feelings whether they felt happy, sad, bored etc. The stickers went down really well and students loved the idea behind expressing their emotions.
Free mental health packs were also given out during the week. They consisted of a stress ball, sweets, frisbee, PleaseTalk pen and badge, bubble-wrap to relieve stress, chats for change pack sent from USI and a list of services both on and off campus. Along with this we had a positive messages board where students wrote up a positive message, quote or tip.
We also held a free creative tea and coffee morning. A number of colouring sheets, colouring pencils and markers were available along with a free cup of tea or coffee. Students sat down and coloured and had a chat with other students. This event went really well as for some students this might have been the only time that day where they had company.
Random Acts of Kindness took place by passing around free tea and coffee vouchers. These vouchers entitled you to a free tea/coffee for you and a friend. There was also compliment box’s around campus that were handed out to students and hidden in library books in the college libraries. These compliments were basic but could really change someones day.
SafeTALK training also took place that week where students became more suicide aware and learned basic skills to help someone who is thinking about suicide.
Numerous other events took place that week to emphasize the importance around Positive Mental Health. Waterford IT Students’ Union are passionate about Mental Health and increasing awareness around it.
Please find photos and videos of Positive Mental Health Week on our Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/witsu/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums