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Blindboy Boatclub attends Mental Health Talk at WIT

On Monday the 23rd of January, The Dome Bar welcomed special guests for a Mental Health Talk. The talk took place as part of WIT Students' Union's (WITSU) Positive Mental Health Week. Guest speakers included WITSU Welfare Officer, Michael Murphy, Beat 102-103 radio presenter, Dave Cronin, and Blindboy Boatclub from The Rubberbandits.

Dave Cronin is one of the South East's biggest known radio personalities. He kicked off the event by sharing his own struggle with depression. He discussed panic attacks and other mental health difficulties he had found himself experiencing after some major changes in his personal life. An important point he made to students in attendance was to talk about their problems and to seek help from their GP like he did.

Next to speak was the hugely popular Blindboy Boatclub from The Rubberbandits who was made famous in 2011 with his track "Horse Outside". More recently, Blindboy has made himself known for speaking publicly on issues affecting young people in Ireland. He was seen twice on "The Late Late Show" in 2016 where he spoke about mental health, the divide between rich and poor, and feminism. Blindboy took to the stage in The Dome to discuss Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This is a psychosocial intervention that is the most widely used evidence-based practice for treating mental disorders. It was an informing talk with some important points that students engaged highly with. He also discussed a number of mental health issues that young people were facing and touched on current topics including the debate around the 8th Amendment. The talk ended with a Q&A session which saw students' questions being put to both Dave and Blindboy. Both gave interesting answers to a number of questions, some of which were quite personal. Counselling staff from WIT were in attendance in case any students found the talk distressing. WITSU are committed to making sure students look after their mental health. If a student is going through a difficult time, they can call Michael on 086-7854402 or email him, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The WIT counselling service is also available and can be contacted on 051-302878. Samaritans are available 24 hours a day on 116 123.

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