It’s the big things

With the HSE’s “#LittleThings” campaign gaining prominence nationally, Sarah Taaffe-Maguire examines if it really is the little things that make a difference to mental health.


It was a big thing when Stephen Byrne died. He told the staff at Beaumont Hospital he wanted to kill himself. He had attempted to two days prior. They offered to send his file to his clinic in Ballymun. It

Politicians discuss the wellbeing of young people at pre-election debate on mental health

Issues should be a central part of any platform hoping to appeal to young people

NEWSAt a discussion on what actions parties would take on mental health issues if elected, the general consensus amongst panelists was that under-resourcing, early intervention and accurate and correct diagnosis would be the issues to tackle during the lifetime of


Science of anxiety

In January many senior freshman students will sit the annual Foundation Scholarship examinations. Una Harty talks about the science of anxiety and ways of reducing it to help all those sitting exams do the best they can.


Trinity College Dublin offers its senior freshman students a once in a lifetime opportunity; the chance to have all of your tuition paid for five years regardless of your economic background. Other perks of the scholarship include residential rooms free


109% increase in Niteline calls in September 2015 compared to same time last year

Niteline coordinator attributes growth to greater awareness and popularity of the service.


There was a growth of 109% in the volume of calls made to Niteline, the confidential and anonymous listening service run by and for students in Trinity and other Dublin colleges, in September 2015 compared to September 2014, Trinity News


My experience on mental health medication

Prozac wasn’t a fix-all solution, but it did mark the beginning of the end of my depression.


Depression and self-harm

This brief chapter of my life – which didn’t feel brief at the time – is hazy in my memory. I was in Junior Certificate year, fourteen years old, when I began to spiral destructively into what


If we can’t recognise depression in our peers, how can we recognise it in ourselves?

I’d consider myself to be a compassionate person, someone who has time to listen to friends’ worries. Why then did I ignore my own mental health?


Trinity researchers recently published a study which proposed that young people find it difficult to identify signs of depression or suicidal thoughts amongst their peers. Psychologists working out of the School of Psychology and Children’s Research Centre say that their …


Finding solace in sport

Mental health advocate Niall Breslin and final-year student Clementine Yost recount how sport helped them deal with mental health issues.

sport1The positive benefits sport can have upon mental health are unquestionable. The issue became a prevalent theme in this year’s TCDSU elections, with two of the five candidates running for welfare officer citing plans to promote sport as part of …


Medicalised terminology only increases mental health stigma

Framing discussion of mental health in medicalised terms discourages people from engaging with the psychological suffering of others for what it is – subjective experience.

comment1“Sadness is something we all feel. Unfortunately, it’s all most us have to relate to people with a mental illness dubbed ‘clinical depression’.” This is how Seán Healy began his recent article in The University Times, “The problem with current …


Is anybody listening?

Five students from different universities talk about their experiences seeking help with mental illnesses.

COMMENTThe narrative around mental health is changing. We are living in a society now which strives to overcome taboos around depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder through a campaign of openness and acceptance. We are constantly reminded of the high suicide …