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no image 21st Dec Weekly Round Up - 14th December Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

It's the last week before Christmas! As we wound down this week we began looking to the future as committee and we have so many exciting plans for the next year. It's been a difficult term, but we've gotten through it, and things only look brighter from here. We wish all our members the best in their exams and assignments and can't wait to see you all in 2021!

no image 21st Dec Weekly Round Up - 7th December Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

We are drawing closer and closer to Christmas! Even though assignment deadlines are looming, we have a few events to keep you chilled out and relaxed.

On Tuesday, we worked with Pride Soc to run a Self-Care workshop. Self-care is so important this time of year and it's something we really want to emphasise as a society, so there will be plenty more where this came from!

MSU also hosted their clubs and Socs Quiz in aid of MS Ireland, their chosen charity for the year. This was one of many charity events MSU hosted during charity week and will be hosting through the year.

On Thursday, Shauna and Kate returned with another workshop, this time focusing on goal setting. We hope everyone enjoyed.

And Roisin and Rebecca kept the festive cheer up again on Friday with another live stream, this time talking about all our Christmas traditions while they got some cards written and wrapping done!

no image 21st Dec Weekly Round Up - 30th November Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

As Movember came to a close, it was another very busy week for MHS! This week was MSU's Mind Yourself Week, and we collaborated with them on a number of events, as well as hosting our usual ones!

On Monday, we held a movie night with Disney Society where we watched Up, a Disney favourite of ours! As Movember was coming to a close, we felt this movie was a great choice as it depicts the issues around both men's mental health and the mental health of older people very well. 

Later than evening, we also held a candle vigil on instagram live to mark the close of Movember. This was a very special ceremony with contributions from Jessie, Roisin and Rebecca. Our Movember campaign raised over 5000 euro and we could not be prouder of everyone who contributed!

This week we also ran a discussion panel on mental health within the black community. We ran a smaller initial panel as a teaser on Monday, which can be found on our Youtube channel, and joined MSU in a live webinar on Wednesday where former MSU president Leon Diop led the discussion. These were really important discussions and highlighted a lot of inconsistencies in Irish society when it comes to equality and mental health.

On Thursday, Shauna and Kate hosted a workshop on journaling, as part of a series of workshops focused on improving mental wellbeing over the winter! This was a very successful workshop with lots of tips and advice.

Finally on Friday, Roisin and Rebecca began getting us in the festive mood with a Christmas live stream on instagram. They discussed some of our favourite and least favourite aspects of Christmas and our plans for next year. We can't wait!

Over the weekend, we also hosted a very important collaboration with Tacthub, who worked with a group of 20 students on potential ideas which could be used both in Maynooth and internationally to improve mental health. We are very excited about the outcome of this work and can't wait to update you on it!

no image 21st Dec Weekly Round up - 22nd November Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

It is the last week of November! And of course, we had to go out with a bang!

On Monday, we joined forces with both Lit and Deb and Creative Writing to bring you a poetry evening centred around men's mental health. With many touching, heart felt and brave contributions, it was a really special event. We were also joined by The Poet Geoff, who made the evening extra special!

On Tuesday, we held our weekly Remo catch up. This week we were joined by Tea Soc, and it was great to see some new faces as well as catching up with our regulars! Thanks to Tea Soc for joining us!

On Thursday we held a very important event for Movember, a discussion panel on Men's Mental Health. David Mulligan, David Lyons, Gavin Fanning, Gary Rock and our special guest, footballer Aaron Connolly. This was a really informative and also entertaining discussion highlighting the importance of men's mental health. Thank you to all our panelists for joining us!

As always this month, proceeds from these events went towards our Movember fund. The fund raised an amazing total of 5428 euro. Thank you all for your donations and support, and we can't wait to run more campaigns like this in the future!

 

no image 21st Dec Weekly Round Up - 16th November Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

Welcome to week 3 of Movember! This was a big week for us with some of our most exciting events!

We kicked off with our Remo meet up on Tuesday, where we had a lot of fun with some of Remo's features like the whiteboard which we are still discovering. Thank you everyone for coming!

On Wednesday, we ran another virtual workshop which we have been wanting to run for a very long time: an Irish Sign Language workshop. Ran by two of our members Abigail and Leonie, it had a great turnout and was really interesting to learn. Sign Language is such a great skill to have and we really encourage everyone to learn at least a few phrases!

On Thursday we ran one of our most anticipated Movember events, The Clubs and Socs Quiz. The quiz was run through Kahoot with a few bonus rounds at the end and was a big success all round. We hope everyone had fun and maybe learned a few things too!

Proceeds from these events went into our Movember fund!

no image 21st Dec Weekly Round Up - 9th November Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

It's week 2 of Movember and after a very successful first week we couldn't wait to get stuck in to this week's events!

On Monday, Jessie went live on instagram to chat to David Lyons, a former MHS committee member, about men's mental health and how David is raising funds for Movember this year. It was great to hear from David and we are always very grateful for all his support!

On Tuesday we ran two events! First up was Men's Mental Health Tri Gaeilge with Cuallacht na Gael, which was a really interesting event. Super accessible for beginners and an interesting chat for those with a bit more experience with Irish, this was a great event! 

On Tuesday evening, we joining Lit and Deb to debate Mental Health and Social Bubbles in Lockdown. This was a very topical and important debate and both sides had a lot of interesting points and information to offer. We hope everyone who attended learned a lot because we certainly did!

On Wednesday, Karate joined us to deliver a virtual self defence class! This is something we have wanted to do as a society for a long time and we were so happy to finally get the opportunity to do it. Big thanks to Karate for making the event so accessible and fun!

And finally to round off the week, we had another collaboration with Cuallacht as they were doing Gaeilge 24! This time, it was a workshop on Mental Health vocab, which was a great opportunity for anyone new to Irish to pick up a few words and for more fluent speakers to extend their vocab. Thanks to Cuallacht for being so welcoming and showing such an interest in mental health!

As always this month, all proceeds from our events went towards our Movember fund! 

no image 21st Dec Weekly round Up - 2nd November Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

This week we kicked off our Movember campaign! With so many collaborations and events planned, we couldn't wait to start this busy month! All our events were promoted on both our usual instagram page and our dedication @movembermaynooth page.

Our usual meet-up on Remo took place on Tuesday evening and had great attendance! Thank you everyone for coming and joining us in some games of Among Us.

On Wednesday Mars FM interviewed our President Jessie and Movember Ambassador David Mulligan about our plans for the month and the importance of men's mental health. It was a great interview.

On Thursday evening we joined forces with Dance Soc to run a virtual Dance Workshop. This was a great success and we can't wait to work with Dance Soc again, even if we aren't the most skilled dancers ourselves!

On Friday Jessie went live on instagram with Gavin Fanning to do a sponsored beard shaving! All proceeds from this event and all the other events this month went to our Movember fund!

no image 1st Dec Weekly Round Up - 25th Oct Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

It's finally study week! Our WhatsApp group chats were definitely hopping this week with all our members sharing what they were up to over the week. 

We also began our penpal inititative which had great uptake to help our members make friends in college through exchanging emails. This was a great success!

We also ran a Virtual Escape Room on Halloween night which was super fun! Our team escaped eventually but it was definitely a challenge!

Next week begins Movember and we can't wait to share all our events with you!

no image 1st Dec Weekly Round Up - 19th Oct Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

Another busy week for MHS! It's Week 4 and we're getting lots planned for the rest of the year.

On Tuesday we had another panel discussion with STAND, this time focusing on climate migrant. With 5 fantastic speakers, it was wonderful event. 

We also got to work setting up WhatsApp Groups and Spotify playlists for our members to enjoy. It was really important for us to incorporate as much remote interaction as possible and these were great ways to get people interacting with us and sharing common interests with each other. 

no image 1st Dec Weekly Roundup - 12th Oct Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

This was a big week for MHS, as we had our 2020 AGM! Things were of course a little different this year as our AGM took place online, but we still had a great time on Teams and got to meet lots of members. Positions of Treasurer, Secretary, PRO, Events Officer, Information Officer, Baby Elephants co-ordinator and Rep positions were all up for grabs and were filled. We met as a committee and are all so excited to work together this year!

We also collaborated with STAND on a panel discussion on eco-grief on Friday which was a really informative event! 

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Weekly Round Up - 14th December

Posted 21st Dec
Author Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

It's the last week before Christmas! As we wound down this week we began looking to the future as committee and we have so many exciting plans for the next year. It's been a difficult term, but we've gotten through it, and things only look brighter from here. We wish all our members the best in their exams and assignments and can't wait to see you all in 2021!

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Weekly Round Up - 7th December

Posted 21st Dec
Author Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

We are drawing closer and closer to Christmas! Even though assignment deadlines are looming, we have a few events to keep you chilled out and relaxed.

On Tuesday, we worked with Pride Soc to run a Self-Care workshop. Self-care is so important this time of year and it's something we really want to emphasise as a society, so there will be plenty more where this came from!

MSU also hosted their clubs and Socs Quiz in aid of MS Ireland, their chosen charity for the year. This was one of many charity events MSU hosted during charity week and will be hosting through the year.

On Thursday, Shauna and Kate returned with another workshop, this time focusing on goal setting. We hope everyone enjoyed.

And Roisin and Rebecca kept the festive cheer up again on Friday with another live stream, this time talking about all our Christmas traditions while they got some cards written and wrapping done!

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Weekly Round Up - 30th November

Posted 21st Dec
Author Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

As Movember came to a close, it was another very busy week for MHS! This week was MSU's Mind Yourself Week, and we collaborated with them on a number of events, as well as hosting our usual ones!

On Monday, we held a movie night with Disney Society where we watched Up, a Disney favourite of ours! As Movember was coming to a close, we felt this movie was a great choice as it depicts the issues around both men's mental health and the mental health of older people very well. 

Later than evening, we also held a candle vigil on instagram live to mark the close of Movember. This was a very special ceremony with contributions from Jessie, Roisin and Rebecca. Our Movember campaign raised over 5000 euro and we could not be prouder of everyone who contributed!

This week we also ran a discussion panel on mental health within the black community. We ran a smaller initial panel as a teaser on Monday, which can be found on our Youtube channel, and joined MSU in a live webinar on Wednesday where former MSU president Leon Diop led the discussion. These were really important discussions and highlighted a lot of inconsistencies in Irish society when it comes to equality and mental health.

On Thursday, Shauna and Kate hosted a workshop on journaling, as part of a series of workshops focused on improving mental wellbeing over the winter! This was a very successful workshop with lots of tips and advice.

Finally on Friday, Roisin and Rebecca began getting us in the festive mood with a Christmas live stream on instagram. They discussed some of our favourite and least favourite aspects of Christmas and our plans for next year. We can't wait!

Over the weekend, we also hosted a very important collaboration with Tacthub, who worked with a group of 20 students on potential ideas which could be used both in Maynooth and internationally to improve mental health. We are very excited about the outcome of this work and can't wait to update you on it!

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Weekly Round up - 22nd November

Posted 21st Dec
Author Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

It is the last week of November! And of course, we had to go out with a bang!

On Monday, we joined forces with both Lit and Deb and Creative Writing to bring you a poetry evening centred around men's mental health. With many touching, heart felt and brave contributions, it was a really special event. We were also joined by The Poet Geoff, who made the evening extra special!

On Tuesday, we held our weekly Remo catch up. This week we were joined by Tea Soc, and it was great to see some new faces as well as catching up with our regulars! Thanks to Tea Soc for joining us!

On Thursday we held a very important event for Movember, a discussion panel on Men's Mental Health. David Mulligan, David Lyons, Gavin Fanning, Gary Rock and our special guest, footballer Aaron Connolly. This was a really informative and also entertaining discussion highlighting the importance of men's mental health. Thank you to all our panelists for joining us!

As always this month, proceeds from these events went towards our Movember fund. The fund raised an amazing total of 5428 euro. Thank you all for your donations and support, and we can't wait to run more campaigns like this in the future!

 

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Weekly Round Up - 16th November

Posted 21st Dec
Author Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

Welcome to week 3 of Movember! This was a big week for us with some of our most exciting events!

We kicked off with our Remo meet up on Tuesday, where we had a lot of fun with some of Remo's features like the whiteboard which we are still discovering. Thank you everyone for coming!

On Wednesday, we ran another virtual workshop which we have been wanting to run for a very long time: an Irish Sign Language workshop. Ran by two of our members Abigail and Leonie, it had a great turnout and was really interesting to learn. Sign Language is such a great skill to have and we really encourage everyone to learn at least a few phrases!

On Thursday we ran one of our most anticipated Movember events, The Clubs and Socs Quiz. The quiz was run through Kahoot with a few bonus rounds at the end and was a big success all round. We hope everyone had fun and maybe learned a few things too!

Proceeds from these events went into our Movember fund!

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Weekly Round Up - 9th November

Posted 21st Dec
Author Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

It's week 2 of Movember and after a very successful first week we couldn't wait to get stuck in to this week's events!

On Monday, Jessie went live on instagram to chat to David Lyons, a former MHS committee member, about men's mental health and how David is raising funds for Movember this year. It was great to hear from David and we are always very grateful for all his support!

On Tuesday we ran two events! First up was Men's Mental Health Tri Gaeilge with Cuallacht na Gael, which was a really interesting event. Super accessible for beginners and an interesting chat for those with a bit more experience with Irish, this was a great event! 

On Tuesday evening, we joining Lit and Deb to debate Mental Health and Social Bubbles in Lockdown. This was a very topical and important debate and both sides had a lot of interesting points and information to offer. We hope everyone who attended learned a lot because we certainly did!

On Wednesday, Karate joined us to deliver a virtual self defence class! This is something we have wanted to do as a society for a long time and we were so happy to finally get the opportunity to do it. Big thanks to Karate for making the event so accessible and fun!

And finally to round off the week, we had another collaboration with Cuallacht as they were doing Gaeilge 24! This time, it was a workshop on Mental Health vocab, which was a great opportunity for anyone new to Irish to pick up a few words and for more fluent speakers to extend their vocab. Thanks to Cuallacht for being so welcoming and showing such an interest in mental health!

As always this month, all proceeds from our events went towards our Movember fund! 

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Weekly round Up - 2nd November

Posted 21st Dec
Author Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

This week we kicked off our Movember campaign! With so many collaborations and events planned, we couldn't wait to start this busy month! All our events were promoted on both our usual instagram page and our dedication @movembermaynooth page.

Our usual meet-up on Remo took place on Tuesday evening and had great attendance! Thank you everyone for coming and joining us in some games of Among Us.

On Wednesday Mars FM interviewed our President Jessie and Movember Ambassador David Mulligan about our plans for the month and the importance of men's mental health. It was a great interview.

On Thursday evening we joined forces with Dance Soc to run a virtual Dance Workshop. This was a great success and we can't wait to work with Dance Soc again, even if we aren't the most skilled dancers ourselves!

On Friday Jessie went live on instagram with Gavin Fanning to do a sponsored beard shaving! All proceeds from this event and all the other events this month went to our Movember fund!

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Weekly Round Up - 25th Oct

Posted 1st Dec
Author Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

It's finally study week! Our WhatsApp group chats were definitely hopping this week with all our members sharing what they were up to over the week. 

We also began our penpal inititative which had great uptake to help our members make friends in college through exchanging emails. This was a great success!

We also ran a Virtual Escape Room on Halloween night which was super fun! Our team escaped eventually but it was definitely a challenge!

Next week begins Movember and we can't wait to share all our events with you!

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Weekly Round Up - 19th Oct

Posted 1st Dec
Author Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

Another busy week for MHS! It's Week 4 and we're getting lots planned for the rest of the year.

On Tuesday we had another panel discussion with STAND, this time focusing on climate migrant. With 5 fantastic speakers, it was wonderful event. 

We also got to work setting up WhatsApp Groups and Spotify playlists for our members to enjoy. It was really important for us to incorporate as much remote interaction as possible and these were great ways to get people interacting with us and sharing common interests with each other. 

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Weekly Roundup - 12th Oct

Posted 1st Dec
Author Shauna Whelan Buckley (VP/Secretary)

This was a big week for MHS, as we had our 2020 AGM! Things were of course a little different this year as our AGM took place online, but we still had a great time on Teams and got to meet lots of members. Positions of Treasurer, Secretary, PRO, Events Officer, Information Officer, Baby Elephants co-ordinator and Rep positions were all up for grabs and were filled. We met as a committee and are all so excited to work together this year!

We also collaborated with STAND on a panel discussion on eco-grief on Friday which was a really informative event! 

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