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Share the Load

Share the Load at DKIT

Share the Load - A Third Level Initiative

For students, college-going years can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a cause of stress at times. It's important for students, like everyone else, to realise that it's good to talk about our stresses and that there’s truth in the old saying, "a problem shared is a problem halved".

Through our Share the Load initiative, 3Ts works with Student Union teams on-campus to highlight the issue of mental health and suicide. The initiative aims to inform students of the importance of opening up to friends and of supports available to them both on-campus and beyond.  

Since 2016, 3Ts Share the Load Campaign has travelled to 3rd Level Campuses all over Ireland with the primary aim of encouraging conversation about mental health and the impact of suicide.  Through it, we urge students to connect with others when they are feeling low. This can mean opening up to friends or a trusted individual or accessing one of the many mental health supports available to them on-campus, locally and nationally.  

"I speak from personal experience. It's so much easier once you talk to somebody. It can be a friend, it can be a teacher you trust. There's always someone who's there for you." 

Student, Waterford IT, January 2022

‘Share the Load’ is a dual invitation.  Firstly, for students to be prepared to be open about their own mental health and to share how they're feeling if they struggle. This can be with friends, family, a college counsellor or other trusted college officer.  It could be with a helpline or support service.  Secondly, we encourage students to be there for someone else who is going through a tough time.

Sadly, Suicide statistics demonstrate that our young people are still the most ‘at risk’ group when it comes to suicide in Ireland. In this context, activities such as this have never been more important.  

"Coming back from 2 years isolated, it's very important to put the focus back on mental health, on supports available to people, 'cos we all have mental health."

Student, Waterford IT, January 2022

DCU, UCC, TCD, AIT, GMIT, DKIT Sligo IT, IADT, WIT & DIT (now TU) are just some of the colleges and universities 3TS has worked with on this initiative.  And we will continue to find new ways to work together to tackle suicide and mental health issues. 

If you would like to bring Share the Load to your college campus, please email us on or phone us on 01-2139905.


Dublin City University (DCU) 2019

Sligo IT in conjunction with USI
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