GMITSU, LYITSU and IT Sligo SU launch Fit In Body, Fit In Mind Campaign
Mike Kerrigan – Welfare Officer GMITSU, Sam O’Neill President GMITSU, Brian McElwaine – President LYITSU, Paul Smith – President ITSSU, Helen Campbell – Welfare Officer ITSSU
On Monday 11th November, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Students’ Union (GMITSU), Letterkenny Institute of Technology Students’ Union (LYITSU) and the Institute of Technology Sligo Students’ Union (ITSSU) launched a campaign aimed at promoting the link between physical activity and mental health.
The campaign bus will spend one day in each institute and will be supported by iRadio, SpunOut, Mental Health Ireland and See Change who will be delivering tips for positive mental health. There will also be a variety of games on the three campuses to encourage students to partake in physical activity as well as laughter yoga and a Physical Trainer giving out tips on how to get active.
Speaking at the launch ITSSU President Paul Smith said “Altogether the three Students’ Union we represent over 16,000 students. We are of the view that if we can create more awareness about mental health issues then the stigma attached to getting help can be reduced. I believe that we are in the midst of a major change in the way we perceive mental health in this country and campaigns such as these have a role to play in this shift.”
The three Students’ Unions involved are part of the recently formed Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA), a strategic partnership between Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and Institute of Technology, Sligo (IT Sligo). The partnership was formed with the aim of achieving Technological University status.