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PsychSoc organises Dragon's Den of Mental Health

Trinity College played host to a panel of Dragons on Tuesday 25th October as part of The Dragon’s Den of Mental Health. This event was organised by DU Psychological Society, in conjunction with the Student 2 Student Peer Support Services and TCD Students’ Union, for TCD Mental Health Awareness Week.

Five “Dragons”, representing various mental health organisations, were asked to describe their ideal vision of how mental health should be treated and then asked what they think is truly realistic, given logistical constraints. Audience members were free to ask questions throughout, leading to a stimulating and engaging discussion.

The panel consisted of:

Brian Howard - CEO, Mental Health Ireland.
John Saunders - Director, See Change and Shine
Cindy O'Connor - Clinical Director and COO, Pieta House.
Tim Smyth - Headstrong Youth Ambassador.
Nigel O'Callaghan - ReachOut Ambassador

After an hour or so, a competition was run. Headstrong provided a fund of up to €2000 for any student to run a project within the college community in order to improve mental health awareness or promote positive mental health. The panel listened to 5 shortlisted finalists propose their ideas before deciding Róisín Garvey, a final year Law student, was the deserved winner. Róisín's project, entitled "Caoga", involves the distribution of 50 cards with mental health related information to first year students. The first student who collects all 50 cards in a given time period will win a prize for their class.