Note to self: write inspiring messages to yourself

November 16th, 2010

“Note to self” is an offline, community-based-approach campaign promoting positive mental health among young people.

note to self postbox Inspiring messages

The campaign asks people take a moment to reflect and write inspiring messages to themselves; which they will then receive at a later date. The postcards are sent back to them at a time when they will see an increase in pressure in their lives, generally around the end of term or exam time.


For the “note to self” campaign, team members from set up stand at a busy part of a university campus with various materials and posters promoting

How it works

A large, green branded postbox is part of the stand. An unusual sight on a college campus and so it gets attention. Students are invited to write positive notes to themselves, which can be anything they want.


If they cannot think of anything the team members are on hand to offer them advice about what to writes and also the service itself of They then post the postcards to themselves using the post box.

First time

The campaign first took place in IADT Dun Laoghaire on 5 October where over 10% of the student population participated.

Up and coming

Three more “note to self” events are taking place over the next two weeks in Maynooth on18 November, DIT, Aungier Street on 22 November and UCD on 24 November.

From time to time Inspire Ireland may post some of the inspirational comments submitted online. However, names and addresses will not be disclosed.

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