The majority of students are within the most vulnerable age category of risk of suicide. It was in acknowledgement of this that students at UCD set up the Please Talk initiative in 2007 with a view to reaching out to students.

The Please Talk initiative is funded by the HSE National Office of Suicide Prevention and has two components.

  • The first is the campaign’s message that ‘talking is a sign of strength’, which urges students to talk to someone if they’re having problems at home, at college or anywhere else.
  • The second component of the campaign, the Please Talk website,, highlights the extensive supports available to students on campuses throughout Ireland, as well as other external information and services.

Please Talk is supported by the HSE in association with The partnership will help guide the development of Please Talk and ensure that the students are supported throughout their journey through third level education.