Life as a student can sometimes be stressful and there can be multiple pressures both in and out of college. There are many support structures in place to help students through these difficulties and Niteline is one of the most popular and durable of these.
Tel: 1800 793 793 (9pm – 2.30am every night during term-time)
Niteline is a confidential, anonymous, non-directive, and non-judgemental listening service that is run by and for the students of Trinity, NUI Maynooth and RCSI.
Niteline has been successfully running and expanding for over 7 years. During this time, the service has become and unique and valued part of life in college. The number of calls to Niteline has increased annually throughout this period –a reflection of how the service has established itself as trusted and respected in student circles.
Niteline is run by student volunteers from Trinity, NUIM and RCSI. Although generously supported by the Student’s Unions of both Trinity and NUIM along with the board of RCSI, Niteline is independent of outside influence. This allows it to maintain the confidentiality and non-judgemental atmosphere that are seen as its core values.
Niteline volunteers represent a broad cross section of the student community, male and female, from all three colleges. The fact that volunteers are students themselves means that they are in a position to understand the pressures of college life and to relate to the range of issues that students face. Before taking any calls, Niteline volunteers go through a rigorous screening and training programme based on the Samaritans model and run with the help of the College Counselling Services. Ongoing training and support for volunteers is also a priority.
New volunteers are recruited at the start of first term so watch out for the posters. Applications are taken only from students who have spent a year or more in college and remember; if you are thinking of volunteering, please respect Niteline’s anonymity by not telling anyone.
In addition to their phone service Niteline also operate an instant messenger type service which can be accessed on this link http://www.niteline.ie/