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I am feeling stressed/upset/overwhelmed, who can I talk to?

 

My mental health is being impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, what can I do?

 

I am feeling stressed/upset/overwhelmed, who can I talk to?

There are many people and services who you can talk to if you are feeling upset or need additional support. Aisling and Laura, your Sabbats, are on hand to meet and chat to students by phone, Zoom calls or, when guidelines permit, on campus. For an online appointment with either Aisling or Laura, click on their name, select a time that suits you and fill out the form online.

The MIC Counselling services on both campuses are available to students and have mapped out the best way to access supports for students who are not on campus. Read here for information on phone or teams counselling sessions, same day check-in sessions and other supports available outside these services. The College Chaplains and Chaplaincy service are also available remotely for students, see here for contact details. Both services provide support for students emotionally, for issues such as emotional distress, bereavements and stress, in a confidential and approachable way.  If you need these supports, or any other college supports, full details on how to make contact can be found on the MIC website or through MISU's support portal here.

Outside of MIC, there are many different dedicated services on hand if you need help – for information on online mental health services and supports during Covid-19, read more on the HSE services portal

Samaritans run a 24-hour free helpline – call 116 123 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In September 2020, a 24/7 text service was launched which provides mental health support for 3rd level students - text HELLO to 50808 if you need support. Others include Pieta House which also has a 24 hour phone support service (call 1800 247 247 or Text HELP to 51444), Aware 1800 804 848, www.mentalhealthireland.ie , https://jigsaw.ie/

 

 

 

My mental health is being impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, what can I do?

There is a great amount of uncertainty about the Coronavirus pandemic and it is understandable that this has an effect on our ability to manage our worries and anxiety. Your mental and physical health and wellbeing are more important than ever. While feelings of unease and uncertainty may continue, there are things we can do to help manage our worries.

There are resources on websites such as www.mentalhealthireland.ie and www.jigsaw.ie with advice on how to look after your mental health in these times.

Mental Health Ireland have shared their tips on their Five Ways to Wellbeing Article

Some more advice from Mental Health Ireland

Wellbeing 1Wellbeing 2

It is ok not to feel ok, if you’re struggling, please don’t feel you have to do so alone.  We encourage you to reach out to us in MISU or any of the supports listed in the previous question and stay connected to others. Talk to friends, family or classmates about how you feel if you can and if you need more specialised help, it is there for you.

 

I have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19/ a housemate or someone in my accommodation has been told they have Covid-19, what do I do?

 

I am having financial difficulties as a result of Covid-19, is there support available to me?

 

 

Who can I talk to about Accommodation questions or concerns?

 

 

How do I find out more about the Covid-19 payment scheme for third level students?

 

 

I have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19/ a housemate or someone in my accommodation has been told they have Covid-19, what do I do?

It is really important to understand that, if you have been a close contact of someone who has Covid-19 (close contact is spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres with an infected person or living in the same house or accommodation with an infected person), you must self-isolate at home even if you feel well. Seek medical advice from your GP if you develop symptoms of Covid-19. For College GP services, for Limerick students please telephone the Ashdown Medical Centre at +353 61 301200 and for Thurles students, a GP Service is available with Dr Liam Collins at The Surgery, Fianna Road, Thurles by contacting +353 504 21155. There is a €10 charge for the college GP appointments for MIC students. 

Even if you don’t have any symptoms, self-isolation and following the national and/or medical advice you receive is essential because if you don’t, you risk spreading the virus to your friends, family and the wider community.

The HSE website provides information on Covid-19 symptoms, close contacts, advice for self-isolating and restricting your movements (staying at home).

 

 

 

I am having financial difficulties as a result of Covid-19, is there support available to me?

If you, your household’s income, or employment status has changed, you should let SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) know, as this may allow you to apply/reapply under your new circumstances. Find more information on SUSI’s changed circumstances and late application process and SUSI’s FAQ section here.

There is also an Emergency Student Welfare Fund, which is administered by the Access Office and MISU – contact Dee, the MISU General Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Aisling  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Laura (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the Access Office by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are ever short on essentials, MISU run a Food and Essentials Hub (non-perishable food items, hygiene products and stationery) which is free to students.

If you are a student parent, there is additional support available through the MIC Student Parent Support Service.  Contact Nicola (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), the SPSS Co-Ordinator for advice on the funding available.

If you have lost your job due to Covid-19, you will be able to apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). All information for this fund can be found on gov.ie

 

Who can I talk to about Accommodation questions or concerns?

To get advice from the college Accommodation Office, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see their information on the MIC website.

Get in touch with us in MISU if you need advice or assistance with renting, leases or returning to accommodation for Semester 2.

 

How do I find out more about the Covid-19 payment scheme for third level students?

All of the information is available from the Fees office in MIC here.

 

What MISU supports can I avail of?


What MISU services are available to me?


How can I suggest or get involved with a campaign or event?


Can I still join Clubs and Socs?

 

Can Sabbatical Officers accompany me to remote meetings with the college?

 

How will MISU elections run to fill Sabbatical and Part-Time Officerships for the next Academic Year 2021/22?

 

 

What MISU Supports can I avail of?

MISU’s Representation and Support services continue to be available to students. We encourage students to contact us if they need support, have any concerns or if they just want to chat. Your Sabbats (Aisling & Laura, your full time elected student representatives) work to represent you and enhance your student experience.


What’s the best way to contact the Sabbats?
Aisling, the SU President, can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 086-0220686.
Laura, the SU Vice President/Academic Officer, is available by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through calling 086-0220733.
You can also book an appointment to chat with Aisling or Laura, it’s easy, all you have to do is click the link in their name, select a time that suits you and fill out a short online form.


To contact the Executive Officers (part-time student representatives who work alongside Aisling and Laura):
All the Exec are available by email:
Welfare & Equality Officer, Caitlin Donnelly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thurles College Officer, Aisling Doyle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Entertainments Officer, Oisín Casey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Culture & Irish Officer, Emily O’Shaughnessy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Postgraduate Officer, Christine Ratzlaff This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As the positions of Societies Officer and Clubs and Sports Officer are vacant for the Academic Year 2020/21, for queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Clubs and Societies Co-Ordinator.
The Sabbats, along with the Executive Committee, organise campaigns and initiatives to assist students with online learning and staying connected and informed in the midst of this pandemic. They also run Chats with Sabbats sessions for student groups regularly and are running a series of 'In conversation with...' with different college supports and services as well as external services, which can be found on our Instagram page, MISU News and the Newsfeed section on the homepage of our website.

Students can contact any MISU staff member, by calling 061-400013 or get in touch with us via social media or the LiveChat on this website.

Clubs and Societies play a huge role in student life. Students who get involved benefit from community, friendship, finding new interests or continuing their passion and enhanced student experience through events, meetings, and, when it is safe to do so, trips, intervarsities and competitions. Activities are currently online and are a great way to experience the social side of college life. More information on how to sign up can be found on the Clubs and Socs portal or by emailing Dave, the Clubs and Socs Co-Ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Follow @misuclubsandsocs on Instagram to keep up with the latest news and activities

 

MISU is here for all students for any question or concern, big or small, and encourage you to reach out to us.

 

 

What  MISU Services are available to me?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

MISU runs an online store, located at https://shop.misu.ie/ and currently sells clothing, merchandise, technology and stationery with Postage and Courier delivery available.
If you have any queries or feedback on the services available, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Follow @shopatmisu on Instagram for the latest updates, new stock and offers.

 

 

 

How can I suggest or get involved with a campaign or event?

You can contact Aisling or Laura, any of the Exec Officers or your Class Rep if you have ideas or would like to get involved in campaigns, events or MISU activities. 

 

 

Can I still join Clubs and Socs?


Of course! Check out https://clubsandsocs.misu.ie/ where you can see the range of different clubs and societies on offer. Sign ups are open and remember, if you are in 2nd, 3rd, 4th year or continuing your Postgrad studies, you have to sign up every year to remain an active member!  It’s never too late to get involved and you can get so much from signing up and taking part. If you have an idea for a new club or society, just let us know and we can help you every step of the way!

 

Can Sabbatical Officers accompany me to remote meetings with the college?

Yes, if you wish for a representative to attend a meeting with the college, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange this.

 

 

 

How will MISU elections run to fill Sabbatical and Part-Time Officerships for the next Academic Year 2021/22?

We will be promoting and advertising the MISU elections in Semester 2 and will explain all the details on how to run for Sabbatical and Part-time Officerships as well as nomination opening and closing dates, and the election process. All the information will be available on our website and will be communicated to students via social media and emails.

What will Semester 2 look like?

 

How can I keep up with Academic changes?

 

Are there study spaces available?

 


Have there been changes to college services and supports?

 

Are there resources and advice available to me for Academic Writing and assignments?

 

Is there Maths, Gaeilge or IT support available to students?

 


When the campus re-opens, will I be able to travel to campus as a commuting student?

 

 

Where can I find forms for rechecks, appealing grades and viewing scripts?

 

 


I need to apply for a Covid-19 I-Grade, where do I get the form and how do I submit my forms?

 


Will there be seated exams this year?

 

 

How can I download Microsoft Office from my MIC Student Account?

 

 

What will Semester 2 look like?

For Semester 2, learning and student activities will remain primarily online. However, we are mindful that the pandemic is a constantly evolving situation and if there are any changes because of restrictions changing or easing, MISU will work with MIC to communicate any new developments to students.  

Click here to read the latest update for Academic Delivery in Semester 2.

 

How can I keep up with Academic changes?

It is important to keep an eye on your MIC Student Email as all updates and information will be communicated there.

Visit the MIC Covid-19 Information Hub for more information and updates. MISU will also let students know if there are any further developments.

 

 

Are there study spaces available?

With the current Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions, study spaces are not currently available. Once restrictions ease, MISU will work with MIC on the availability of study spaces.

 

 

Have there been changes to college services and supports?

Yes, the way services and supports are operating is different at the moment and a lot of offices and supports are working remotely or online. Most importantly however, they are still available for students.  See here to view the MIC information or read about the various services and how you can access them in the MISU Student Diary.

 

 

 

Are there resources and advice available to me for Academic Writing and assignments?

Yes, the Academic Learning Centre assists students if they have questions relating to academic writing/paraphrasing/referencing, their email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Paul O'Brien from the Academic Learning Centre facilitated an Open Zoom meeting for Academic Queries on Tuesday 10th November 2020, where he answered questions, shared advice and resources. The additional academic writing resources he recommended can be viewed here

 

Is there Maths, Gaeilge or IT support available to students?

Yes, via the Academic Learning Centres on each campus.

For Limerick students, to make an appointment with the Maths Support Unit and to enquire about Gaeilge or IT support classes, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Thurles students, to make an appointment with the Maths Support Unit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and for Gaeilge support, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For other Academic Support, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment.

 

 

When the campus re-opens, will I be able to travel to campus as a commuting student?                                                                                                                                                       

As the country is currently in Level 5 restrictions, learning, supports and services remain predominantly online. Level 5 restrictions mean that you are asked to stay at home except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, or for exercising within 5km of home. Further information on the Level 5 restrictions can be found here.

If you do need to come to campus, it must be for an essential reason such as attending an on-campus lecture, tutorial or accessing the Library. All students have been notified by the college as to whether or not aspects of their course have an on campus element. If you have any questions about timetables, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Student Academic Administration on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Currently, the Libraries are operating Click & Collect services with allocated time slots for collection. Further information on Library services is available here .

There's advice for anyone travelling using public transport is available here – remember to follow the government guidelines of social distancing and always wear a mask on public transport.  

If you are in doubt about whether or not you should travel to campus, you can check with someone in MISU or the college before coming to campus.

 

Where can I find forms for rechecks, appealing grades and viewing scripts?

All of the forms are available on the Student Academic Administration (SAA) section of the MIC Student Portal. You will need to enter your Network Log-In details.

If you have any questions or want to discuss anything to do with results, please contact Student Academic Administration at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Laura, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phoning 086-0220733 or making an online appointment with her.

 

I need to apply for a Covid-19 I-Grade, where do I get the form and how do I submit my forms?

If your studies are affected by Covid-19 or change in circumstances, we recommend you find out more about the process on the MIC website on this link and if you would like additional information, contact:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for MIC Limerick students

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for MIC Thurles students

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for general queries

or we encourage you to get in contact with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in MISU for information, support and advice on I-Grades.

The application form is available here and all MIC I-Grade info can be found on this link .

 

 

Will there be seated exams this year?


We are awaiting further information about assessments in Semester 2, however it is likely that continuous assessment will continue like last semester. We will update as soon as this is confirmed.

 

How can I download Microsoft Office from my MIC Student Account?

The MIC ICT Helpdesk has provided this short video to explain step-by-step how to download Office 365 through your Student Account. Microsoft Office is available to all students during their time at MIC.

Find PDF versions of the MISU Weekly Newsletters below; please check your email each week for the updated Newsletter!

Semester 1 - 2020/21

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