Opportunity to write a blog post on Mental Health for USI

Blog posts will be featured on the +Connections mental health app and the USI mental health webpage

Could you write a blog post for the USI?

We are looking for students to write about mental health and their experiences of it. We hope to create a safe and supportive space for students to discuss mental health and how it relates to themselves. 

We are open to suggestions around topics, but here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Looking after yourself at college
  • Impact of mental health on studies
  • What has helped/hurt your mental health in college
  • Involvement in student life outside class such as through SU, student societies, sports clubs etc.
  • Use of support services within or outside of the college setting
  • Self-care tips/advice
  • Homesickness
  • Erasmus
  • LGBTI+ and mental health
  • Disability and mental health
  • Mature student experience
  • Specific mental health difficulties
  • Recovery
  • Life after college
  • Ideas on things people/leaders could do to improve student’s mental health at third level

If you have an idea for a post but you aren’t too sure about it, feel free to email Sarah to have a chat about it at mentalhealth@usi.ie

Have you got an idea? That’s great! We have some guidelines to help you get it down on paper:

  • Think of how the blog will affect you, take some time to think about sharing your story publicly and if this is the right thing for you. It may help to talk to others about it before you submit. You can publish anonymously if you don’t want to put a name to your blog.
  • We want to ensure that this blog is on the mental health experiences of students and how it has impacted on their student life, so make sure to keep it student focused.
  • Keep it short and focused. Aim for between 400 – 600 words. As well as keeping the blog short remember that shorter sentences and paragraphs are easier to read and more suitable for the app and webpage.
  • When planning your blog try and think of the key message you want the reader to take from it and work towards that. Try structure it in a way that it has a start, middle and end and think about the headings within it.
  • Keep it safe and non-triggering, rather than writing about specific behaviours, focus on the feelings and psychological aspects where possible. 
  • If using facts and figures, ensure they are correct and always reference where you got the information from.

Have a piece that you’re ready to send on? That’s great news!

  • Email your blog to Sarah at mentalhealth@usi.ie . 
  • Once you submit the blog you will receive notification of receipt of it within two working days. 
  • If the blog needs further editing you will be fully involved in the process. 
  • Selected blogs for publication will receive a €25 euro one for all voucher as a thank you. 
  • Blogs are invited throughout the year, so feel free to send us an email at any stage.