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Healthy UL - Mental Health

UL students! You can support Limerick Mental Health Week by wearing green and lighting a torch or their phones on Friday, October 8. Limerick Mental Health Association would love students to post social media pictures of themselves on that date, wearing green and being seen using #WearGreenBeSeen and #LimerickMHW. 
Limerick Mental Health Association would love to have as many UL students as possible partake in the events of Limerick Mental Health Week, by attending events, or joining in online. They can view the full calendar of events on this link  https://mailchi.mp/261e74b97ef0/lmha-news-feb-5654465?e=2ffea176f4

To mark the launch of Limerick Mental Health Week, a number of landmark buildings, including Limerick Council Chambers, King John’s Castle, University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and the Clayton Hotel will all light up in green, as the Ilen, the last of Ireland’s traditional wooden sailing ships, sails from Shannon Estuary to Limerick City at the Clayton Hotel at 7.30pm on Friday October 8th. The Ilen will be illuminated in green and flanked by boats from the Civil Defence. On board the Ilen, Mayor Daniel Butler will officially launch Limerick Mental Health Week with an act of commemoration for the 294 Limerick people who have lost their lives to Covid. The Mayor will be joined by singer Emma Langford and Olympian Roisin Upton. The event will be live-streamed to the public (full details for the live-streaming link will be posted on www.limerickmentalhealth.ie). 

Wishing you positive mental health. 

50808 is a free, anonymous, 24/7 messaging service providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support. 50808 provides a safe space where you’re listened to by a trained Volunteer. You’ll message back and forth, only sharing what you feel comfortable with. By asking questions, listening to you and responding with support, they will help you sort through your feelings until you both feel you are now in a calm, safe place.”

Please check out our booklet on Mental Health and Wellbeing.  This resource includes use tips and information on minding your mental health.

  • UL Counselling Service (UL Éist)    061 202327
  • UL Chaplaincy (Teach Fáilte)  061 232180 / 3635
  • UL Medical Centre  062 232534
  • UL First Year Support Officer 061 232613
  • Emergency services (Gardai, Ambulance, Fire Service)   999  or  112

Smartphone apps can be a really useful way to practice breathing, meditation, CBT and well-being exercises to help with stress and anxiety.

Apps

  • Breathe2Relax
  • Calm 
  • Headspace
  • Stop, Breathe and Think
  • The Mindfulness App
  • Virtual Hope Box
  • Woebot

CBT can be a useful way to challenge how we think and act to help with anxiety and low mood. Online programmes offer the opportunity to learn CBT skills.

Self-help materials can give us coping skills to help us through times of distress.

Information and exercise sheets

  • Futureme.org    Write a letter to your future self
  • Mind.org.uk    Mental health support and information
  • Pleasetalk.ie    Ireland’s student-led mental health movement
  • Reachout.com    Information on issues that can affect your mental health and well-being
  • Spunout.ie    Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people
  • Feeling stressed about the exams? Check out the following site for advice on how to manage exam time stress https://spunout.ie/education/article/exam-survival
  • Accident, Emergency and Out of Hours Services - University Hospital Limerick, Dooradoyle   061 301111
  • St. John’s Hospital, Limerick   061 462222
  • Ennis Hospital   065 682446
  • Nenagh Hospital  067  31491
  • Shannon Doc 1850 212 999
  • Crisis Intervention Service Limerick   061 301111 Clare  065 6863208
  • North Tipperary  086 8306663

Mental health: Care of yourself and care of others

In this video, Orfhlaith McLoughlin (Deputy Head of the Counselling Service) and Siobhán Clifford (Assistant Psychologist) talk about what Mental Health is.