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Students’ Union

For general and specific student needs.


We hope that you have been and will always enjoy your time in IT Tralee. But we know (because we’ve been
Students ourselves) that at times things will go wrong. That’s why we decided to become part of the PleaseTalk.org campaign. We hope this website will help you if you ever need to find someone to talk to. A problem shared is a problem halved. Remember ‘talking is a sign of strength’.

Remember we were students ourselves and I know that in my time as a student I often needed someone to talk to. And that was the Students’ Union on many occasions. But if you would prefer talking to someone else but don’t know where to go call into us and we will bring you to the right people.

Ben Slimm – President

To all of you starting out in college I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome to you to the IT Tralee and to all of you returning welcome back to another year of study! I hope you are as successful this year as you were last year if not more!At this stage you’ve probably been welcomed 500 times by various members of staff that you will never see again!However that is not the case with us here in the SU, we hope to see you all as much as possible! My name is Ben Slimm and I am the President of IT Tralee Students’ Union. That job title sounds plenty fancy, but in reality it means that I am the main student representative for the IT Tralee.


Steve Clifford  – Vice President & Education Officer

As Education Officer I deal with all academic related issues and student queires. If you have an issue with a CA (continuous assessment) or want to appeal an exam result, I am here to help you. If you find a certain module tough going and have an
exam coming up, I can point you in the right direction towards grinds. If you require assistance with SUSI in terms of grant payments or student fees, I can help you sort the problem. Remember to put college assignments and study to bed before enjoying your night out, it will benefit you much more the next day. If you have any issues or queires throughout the year please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Niamh Murtagh – Vice President & Welfare Officer
Hi everyone, my name is Niamh and I am your Welfare Officer. There are many things that can affect your mental health and it is important to make time for yourself and to manage your stress effectively. This can be hard at the best of times! We are here to help make college as easy as possible for you. My job is to look after your welfare and wellbeing on and off campus while you are a student at the IT Tralee. No matter how big or small you think your problem or query may be, please don’t be afraid to ask! I will help you as much as I can and If it is something that I can’t, then I will find you the person that can. Make sure you enjoy your time here, it will be gone in the blink of an eye!

There are so many things that will happen to you in your student life and you often won’t know where to go, here are some contacts for you that you can use for a range of issues.

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Health and Welfare

For help during tough times.

How to look after your Health

‘Your health is your wealth’ Adopting a healthy and active approach to living will benefit all
citizens in Dublin. An active lifestyle and proper diet combined together, directly leads to
better health. Health may be defined as a complete state of physical, mental and social well
being and not merely the absence of sickness.
Top Ten tips for Better Health
The following tips will not only make you look better and feel better, but they will also keep
you from developing long-term serious health problems.
 Cover up in the sun
UV rays are penetrating the earth’s atmosphere all year long. It’s important to wear
protection at all times to protect yourself from excessive sun exposure.
 Cut out fat
Dairy products such as cheese, milk and cream should be eaten in low fat
versions.Butter and sauces in sandwiches should be kept to a minimum, if possible.
And try to avoid fried or fast food, as they have a high amount of fatty acids in them.
 Don’t smoke
Give up smoking as soon as you can. Smoking not only causes lung cancer, but its
also recently been linked to many other illnesses. Research has shown that smoking
reduces life expectancy by seven to eight years. So try giving up the next one.
 Drink alcohol in moderation
Recent studies have shown that a glass of red wine a day can help protect against
heart disease. But if you drink excessively, you will have health problems such as
liver and kidney disease and cancer in later life.
 Eat Healthy
Make sure you eats lots of fruit and vegtables each and every day. Even try adding a
multivitamin to your daily routine. You’ll soon see the difference.
 Get active
One of the best ways to stay healthy is to exercise. It’s recommended to do 30 minutes
of cardio exercise 3 times a week. This even includes going for a walk with the dog,
or even running around with the children.
 Keep stress in check
Getting stressed out is bad for your health. If you are stressed in the work place you
are more likely to cause an accident and injure yourself or even fall ill.
 Positive outlook
It has been scientifically proven that a person with a positive outlook on life will be
healthier than someone who doesn’t.When you smile your brain releases small
amounts of serotonin that give your body a good feeling. So next time your sad, smile.
 Relax
Relaxation has actually become a medical treatment. It’s very important to relax in the
evenings after working. Try find somewhere that you feel comfortable, and just kick
back. It can be anywhere from a chair, to a bubble bath.


Stress Management

Stress comes about when there are so many demands and just not enough resources to
deal with them all effectively. Stress in small amounts can be a positive thing and many
people use it to drive them. However, if it becomes overwhelming it can have serious
negative consequences for your physical and mental well-being.

Tips for dealing with Stress:

 Exercise regularly This will keep you healthy, and more importantly will help
you release those mighty mouse hormones called endorphins all around your body
making you feel all happy inside.
 Learn to say ‘no’ – you’ve got enough on your plate. People will have to accept
that everyone needs time to themselves.
 Prioritise When you’ve done this, you can better manage your time and fit in
most of the things you need to do in your week and not feel too stretched.
Remember to plan for recreation too, and not to let study take over your life.
 Mind yourself All-nighters and dosing up on coffee and Red Bull, while
inevitable, isn’t good for you. Be sure to eat properly and sleep well before an
exam to make sure you’re on top form.
 Let it go (Let it goooooo!!!! –sorry!) This applies to exams and life in general.
You’ll almost always do better than you think you will.
 Have someone you can talk to/rant at It can be really helpful to get someone
else’s perspective on things and get things off your chest.
 Laugh Being too serious is bad for your health. Look what happened to Father
 Be optimistic Positive things happen to positive people.
 Talk to us If you feel you’re struggling drop into Niamh your Welfare Officer.


Important Welfare Contacts

Samaritans 1850 609090 www.samaritans.org
Aware 01 6766166 01 6766166 www.aware.ie
Rape Crisis Centre 1800 778888 www.dree.ie
Women’s Aid 1800 341900 www.womensaid.ie
Department of Social and Family Affairs 01 8748444 01 8748444www.welfare.ie
Students with Disabilities www.ahead.ie

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Tenant Rights

For information and support on housing and accommodation.

Threshold Cork-021 4271250
Threshold Dublin-01 6786096
Threshold Galway 091 563080 091 563080

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Lesbian and Gay Issues

Information, support and helplines.

Outhouse 01 8734999 01 8734999 www.outhouse.ie
National Gay and Lesbian Federation 01 6710939 01 6710939
Teen Help 01 4543374 01 4543374

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Pregnancy Support Groups

For support, information and advice.

Irish Family Planning Association 1850 495051 www.ifpa.ie
Pregnancy Helpline www.positiveoptions.ie
Cura 1850 622626 www.cura.ie
Cherish 1890 662626 www.cherish.ie
Dublin Well Women Centre 01 8728051 01 8728051www.dublinwellwomencentre.ie
Gingerbread Ireland 01 8146618 01 8146618www.gingerbread.ie
Life 1850 281281 www.life.ie
Treoir 01 6760120 01 6760120 www.treoir.ie
PACT (counselling for Unplanned Pregnancy) 1850 673333www.pact.ie

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AIDS Ireland 1800 232230 www.aidireland.ie
AIDS West 091 566266 091 566266
Red Ribbon Project Limerick 061 316661 061 316661
Dublin AIDS Alliance 01 8733799 01 8733799
Cairde 01 8730006 01 8730006
Drugs HIV Helpline 1800 459459

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Eating and Drinking

Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse.

Bodywhys 1890 200444 www.bodywhys.ie
Irish National Eating Disorders Association 01 4126690 01 4126690
Alcoholics Anonymous 01 4538998 01 4538998www.alcoholicsanonymous.is
Al Anon 01 8732699 01 8732699
Narcotics Anonymous 01 6728000 01 6728000www.na.ireland.org

Drug Awareness Programme Crosscare www.dap.ie
Merchants Quay Drug Awareness www.clubscene.ie

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