Irish Independent | Daire Courtney

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is distributing thousands of ‘Chats for Change’ packs to Irish universities this week as part of a campaign to get students talking about mental health

In partnership with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Sea Change’s Please Talk campaign, Twitter and Roberts Tea, the campaign is trying to get students to talk about mental health and learn to support those in need.

The campaign is also providing one-to-one consultations from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.

In a statement to, Annie Hoey, USI President, said: “USI is working hard to ensure that provision for vital mental health services in Ireland is improved. But supportive gestures from fellow students – such as reaching out for a quick chat over a cup of tea – will always be a necessary part of a supportive environment.”

“We find that students are really eager to engage,” Ms Hoey told

“Students want to know how to support someone – how to make sure their friend is supported if they are in need.”

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