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Stressed Out or Anxious? Please Talk!

Posted by Emily Ferns on 11 April 2013


NCI Lecturers David Joyce and Stephan Weibelzahl (pictured) recently published an article in the Irish Times around encouraging help-seeking for people suffering from psychological distress.

You can read the piece here – they make some excellent points, especially around the importance of communication and seeking help from appropriate sources.

This is such an important message and one that as a college we wholeheartedly endorse. NCI is a member of Please Talk, which urges students to understand that talking is a sign of strength not weakness, and if you’re experiencing problems while at college, there are people here who you can talk to.

Do remember, if you’re experiencing stress or anxiety about any aspect of college life, please come and talk to us.  Every week we talk to dozens of students about everything from heavy workloads to personal challenges they might be experiencing.

Our Learning and Disability Support team, Catherine and Karen, can be found in the Learning & Teaching Centre on the ground floor of the college, just off the Atrium. Their office hours are Monday – Thursday 10.00 – 18.30 or Fri 10.00 – 16.00. 

They can also put you in touch with the student counsellor, Mary Keating, or you can contact her directly. Text or call 086 878 3086 or email her on

The Students’ Union Vice President is also there to help and support students throughout their college journey.  Along with other duties, the role holder is responsible for co-ordinating support and advice to students on issues affecting their academic and personal welfare. Drop down to the Students’ Union,  call 01 6720875 or email

Many of life’s worries can be eased just by talking them through, so please, don’t suffer in silence – seek out the supports that are there for you. We are here to help.

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