FORMER IRELAND and Munster rugby player, Alan Quinlan will address students in Sligo this week about his battle with depression.
Quinlan ( 38), who retired from the game last year, will speak at IT Sligo during Positive Mental Health Week organised by the Students' Union.
A series of events will be hosted to raise awareness of mental health issues and Quinlan will be discussing his experiences with mental illness at the college on Wednesday.
During the week Paul Smith ITSSU Welfare Officer will be encouraging students to be conscious of their own mental health and most importantly to remember that, "speaking shows strength."
Paul said, "It's sad to say but every year more people are dying of suicide than on our roads and yet it can be a topic that many of us are unwilling to talk about.
"Depression affects one in five people and one in four will experience a mental health problem at some point.
"We are appealing to students to look after themselves and to be mindful of those around them."