As we head into the dark winter months and a stressful exam season, it is especially important to look after your mental health. Luckily, there are a number of supports available to UCD students that are completely free and confidential – if you find yourself struggling personally do not hesitate to get in contact. Remember: there are people who will listen to you, whatever the problem.

UCD Counselling Service provides counselling sessions and support from professionally qualified psychologists and counsellors. Their offices are located on the first floor of the old student centre and appointments can be made at reception or by calling (01) 716 3133. Referrals to this service can also be made through your Student Advisor or through the SU Welfare Officer, Eoghan MacDomhnail. Eoghan is always available for a chat with any student, and he can be contacted directly at (01) 716 3112, via email at,  or simply pop into his office in the student centre.

If you are in need of urgent help or are suicidal freecall Samaritans on 116 123 or Pieta House 1800 247 247, alternatively text HELP to 51444. If you are living on campus get in contact with UCD Estate Services at 01 716 7999.

Reading of others’ experience with mental health issues can be constructive and comforting. ‘’ is the online portal of the Irish wellbeing movement ‘A Lust for Life’, co-founded by Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin. The website has numerous blogs on a range of issues, from personal stories to informative posts on how to incorporate exercise into your recovery programme. Clinical psychologist Dr. Malie Coyne has developed an online course for coping with exam stress for the website, essential reading for any student who experiences exam-related anxiety.

Ciara Landy – Food & LifeStyle Editor