Good night from all of us at YSPI
Saturday, 18 February 2017 21:11

Premium Sponsors Information

If you can make a sponsorship commitment of over €500 we will also be acknowledging these premium sponsors through advertorials in the Athlone Advertiser and the Westmeath Independent; as well as on the front cover of the Stay Safe Athlone booklets for house to house distribution. Premium sponsors can also put a ¼ page or ½ page support advert into the booklet free of charge.
 
Premium sponsors will have their name and logo displayed on the front cover of the house to house booklet.
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They can also place a support advert within the booklet free of charge.
YSPI Booklet Athlone Awareness 2017 Sponsors
Saturday, 18 February 2017 21:03

Stay Safe Athlone 19-22 April 2017

We will be running our first Outreach and Awareness Campaign of 2017 in Athlone, Co Westmeath on 19-22 April.  The Athlone programme is still being finalised but the main events are:
Wednesday 19th    
House to house booklet distribution by local volunteers
Sponsor information included with the booklets
Thursday 20th   
Talks to local schools by our Education Facilitators
Friday 21st 
Public Awareness Workshops – Radisson Blu Athlone (2pm to 8pm)
Premium sponsor information on popups and materials   
Outreach Day in Towncentre Shopping Centre
Premium Sponsor information on popups and handouts
Saturday 22nd   
Street booklet distribution by local volunteers
Sponsor information included with the booklets
All sponsors will be acknowledged in the booklet distributed to 5,000 households and businesses in the Athlone area by our local Mental Health Awareness Team volunteers, as well as in press releases.  Premium sponsors will be promoted on the front cover of the distribution booklet, receive free support advertising and free facebook promotion.
Saturday, 18 February 2017 15:20

Stay Safe Athlone - Sponsor Information

As you may know Ireland has one of the highest rates of youth suicide in Europe. A young Irish male between 12 and 22 is statistically more likely to die by their own hand than from disease, accident or injury, and Counties Westmeath and Roscommon have been identified as areas of special concern. Accordingly Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland will be hosting a series of high-profile awareness events targeted specifically at Athlone on 19th to 22nd April, Stay Safe Athlone.
 

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland has been working since 2007 to reduce the numbers of young people who take, or attempt to take, their own lives by providing simple, easy to follow, awareness and prevention programmes targeted towards young people, their teachers and parents. We do this by providing trained education facilitators who visit schools and colleges and provide awareness and prevention workshops directly to students, getting information and advice directly to those most affected by youth suicide.   In Athlone Marist College and St Aloysius College joined our School Visits Programme in October and December 2016 respectively.

During the 2015-16 school year our Schools Programme worked directly with over 18,000 students and we are on target to work directly with 24,000 this year. This increase in the number of students reached is entirely due to the support of our sponsors who have funded us to work with an additional 30 schools in 2016-17 school year.

We also run awareness and prevention events in towns and cities around the country where we distribute youth suicide awareness and prevention information directly to households through house to house leafleting as we have found this to be one of the most cost-effective and targeted methods of getting information to those who are in the position to make a difference, parents and young people themselves.

As I mentioned previously we will be running a series of awareness and prevention events in Athlone on 19th – 22nd April and we hope that as a local business you might consider supporting us. All our event sponsors will be acknowledged in the booklets which will be delivered by local volunteers from the Westmeath Mental Health Awareness Team to around 5,000 homes in the town and surrounding areas. You can dlownload a copy of the draft booklet HERE showing logo positions and support advert sizes.

The Athlone programme is still being finalised but the main events are:

Wednesday 19th    
House to house booklet distribution by local volunteers
Sponsor information included with the booklets
 
Thursday 20th   
Talks to local schools by our Education Facilitators
 
Friday 21st 
Public Awareness Workshops – Radisson Blu Athlone (2pm to 8pm)
Premium sponsor information on popups and materials   
 
Outreach Day in Towncentre Shopping Centre
Premium Sponsor information on popups and handouts
 
Saturday 22nd   
Street booklet distribution by local volunteers
Sponsor information included with the booklets
   
We would be very grateful for any sponsorship you feel you could offer, but if you can make a sponsorship commitment of over €500 we will also be acknowledging these premium sponsors through advertorials in the Athlone Advertiser and the Westmeath Independent; as well as on the front cover of the Stay Safe Athlone booklets for house to house distribution. Premium sponsors may also like to put a ¼ page or ½ page support advert into the booklet. For more information and to view sample publications please visit www.yspi.ie/athlone

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We will also be endorsing our premium sponsors through Facebook and Instagram posts to our Athlone and Westmeath located followers. We have around 2,500 active Facebook followers within 20km of Athlone, based on Facebook demographics, with 70% women aged 18-54. 60% of our active followers are in relationships and 75% are educated to university level.

athlone suicide demographic relationships

We would very much like to work with you as a partner organisation in the very near future, but if you are unable to sponsor our work at the moment then thank you for taking the time to read this letter and I hope you might bear YSPI in mind as a potential charity partner in the future.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our Athlone events please feel free to contact me directly on 021 242 7173 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, 18 February 2017 15:19

Westmeath Mental Health Awareness Team

FS slide01Using the results from our 2016 Mental Health Awareness Survey and data from the Central Statistics Office we have identified a number of areas around the country that appear to have a higher risk of youth mental health issues, including suicide and self-harm, than other areas of the country.
 
We are looking for volunteers from each town to work with YSPI in delivering mental health information to residents and businesses.  If you can spare a couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday to distribute booklets that would be fantastic.  We will be mostly distributing booklets to houses and businesses in the town centres but if you have a car and can assist with distribution in surrounding areas we will be able to cover the costs of fuel up to €30.
 
If you are able to volunteer a few hours please let us know by completing the online enquiry form.
The towns we will be working in are:
  • Athlone
  • Cavan
  • Cork
  • Dundalk
  • Galway
  • Kilkenny
  • Tralee
  • Waterford
  • Wexford
Thursday, 09 February 2017 23:46

Everyone needs help sometime

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Everyone needs help sometime
 
Our facilitators work face to face with an average of 350 young people a week in schools up and down the country.  Our schools programme brings safe, age-appropriate, mental health awareness and suicide prevention information to transition, 5th and 6th years.
 
Just €5 a month will allow our team to work with an additional five students a month.  It doesn't sound like much but it could save a young life.
 
Please consider subscribing just €5.00 per month through a PayPal recurring donation.  You can cancel your subscription at any time but we hope you will continue to support our work to help reduce the rate of youth suicide and self-harm.
 


Or you can just make a donation

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Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland - Saving Lives Through Education
 
 
Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:52

Mental Health Awareness Teams

FS slide01Using the results from our 2016 Mental Health Awareness Survey and data from the Central Statistics Office we have identified a number of areas around the country that appear to have a higher risk of youth mental health issues, including suicide and self-harm, than other areas of the country.
 
We are looking for volunteers from each town to work with YSPI in delivering mental health information to residents and businesses.  If you can spare a couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday to distribute booklets that would be fantastic.  We will be mostly distributing booklets to houses and businesses in the town centres but if you have a car and can assist with distribution in surrounding areas we will be able to cover the costs of fuel up to €30.
 
If you are able to volunteer a few hours please let us know by completing the online enquiry form.
The towns we will be working in are:
  • Athlone
  • Cavan
  • Cork
  • Dundalk
  • Galway
  • Kilkenny
  • Tralee
  • Waterford
  • Wexford
The Friends of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland was established in 2016 as a network of supporters around the country who are concerned about youth suicide in Ireland and are committed to supporting the work of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland.
 
Now that the Friends are more established the directors are looking to recruit County Secretaries to take charge of the Friends in each county. The county organisers will be responsible for:
  • working with charity management to develop a a county based branch of The Friends of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland
  • recruit volunteers to work for the Friends' branch
  • raise funds to support the work of YSPI
  • liaise with county schools and colleges to promote our School Visits Programme
  • become the point of contact for information on the charity and our work
The directors will work closely with the County Organisers to establish the branch structure in each County.  

Competition Holder

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (Registered Charity 20070670) 1st Floor, 59 High Street, Killarney, County Kerry V93 N977, Ireland. Our email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our competition website is www.yspi.ie/lotterywww.yspi.ie/lottery

District Court Lottery Licence

This competition is promoted by Alan McKelvie on behalf of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland under a Section 28 Lottery Licence granted by Cork District Court on 23 September 2016. The maximum permissible prize fund is €20,000 per week. All proceeds of this competition will be used by the charity to help fund our charitable objectives.

Prize Fund

There is a €5,000 Jackpot Prize per weekly draw. If there is no winner of the jackpot in any given week then valid tickets from that draw will be placed in a draw for four (4) consolation prizes of €50.00  Total prize fund for this competition will be a maximum of €5.000 in any week.

Race Results

You can view the draw results on our website at http://yspi.ie/lottery.  Lucky numbers are drawn each Monday morning and the winning numbers posted on our website before 5pm. If there is no jackpot winner then the winning ticket numbers for the €50.00 prizes will be shown.  Winning ticket holders who have supplied their contact details will be notified by email.

Prize Claims

Prizes may be claimed at claimants’ risk by completing the claims section on the ticket and sending the winning ticket, showing the winning ticket number on the front face, to:

Prize Fund Claims, Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland, 59 High Street, Killarney, County Kerry V93 N977.

You are advised to scan or photocopy your ticket before sending it to us.  Prizes must be claimed within 30 days of the end of the competition or date of winner notification, whichever is later. Valid claims will be settled by cheque within 14 days.

Competition Rules

The rules of the competition are as follows:

  1. All tickets are offered on the strict understanding that the organiser's interpretation of the rules is final and legally binding.
  2. Tickets cannot be sold to or by a person under 18 years of age.
  3. Tickets can ONLY be sold for their face value or in promotional groups:
    1. One Pick = €2.00
    2. Three Picks = €5.00
    3. Nine Picks (3 tickets) =  €10
  4. Any ticket may be declared void if stolen, misprinted, defaced, mutilated or is defective in any other way.
  5. You are deemed to agree to publicity if you claim the Jackpot prize. The winner agrees to the use of their names and images in any publicity material.
  6. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Irish data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  7. Tickets will expire 7 days after the close of the competition.
  8. Due to the nature of this type of competition it is entirely at the organisers’ discretion how the competition is organised.
  9. In all draws the results must be random and auditable.
  10. If a draw is cancelled before its due date all fully paid tickets will be rolled over to the next equivalent draw.
  11. The promoter, officers, trustees or employees of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  12. Closing date for entry will be set out on the ticket. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted. 
  13. Tickets for a draw cannot be sold once the draw has started.
  14. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  15. No responsibility can be accepted for prize claims not received for whatever reason.
  16. The Organisers reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the Organisers’ control such as weather. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the Organisers.
  17. The Organisers are not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  18. No alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  19. The organisers’ decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  20. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Irish law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Republic of Ireland.
  21. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
    1. All errors and omissions are excepted.
    2. All rights are reserved.
    3. All trademarks are acknowledged.
Competition Rules version 3.02
Dated 26th January 2017
Monday, 02 January 2017 00:07

Let's Stop Suicide Campaign

Let's Stop Suicide will be Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland's flagship youth suicide awareness and prevention campaign for 2017.
 
We will be holding roadshows around the country during 2017 to provide information, talk with parents and raise awareness of the crisis of youth suicide in Ireland.
 
Our first roadshows will be held in Mitchelstown, Co Cork on 9th January 2017.
 
For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 021 242 7173
Saturday, 17 December 2016 12:39

Programme Outcomes - Interim Review 2016

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland works exclusively with young people ages 12 -22 to raise awareness of youth suicide. We work with schools, colleges and youth groups to provide youth suicide prevention services which are all provided under the Four Steps to Help Programme for Schools.

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland is already working with secondary schools in most counties to raise awareness of the youth suicide crisis in Ireland and provide suicide prevention workshops for students through our Integrated School Visits Programme. The programme has been running since 2012. We visited around 130 secondary schools and provided classroom based awareness and prevention training face to face with about 18,000 students in 2015-16. So far in 2016-17 we have 145 new schools in our programme and we are working to achieve our goal for over 28,000 face to face student sessions.

Four Steps to Help Programme for Schools

The Four Steps to Help Programme for schools is a fully integrated suicide awareness and prevention programme designed for use with ages 16+. It is the only national suicide prevention programme that is age appropriate and authorised for use in schools. It can also be used by colleges and youth groups.

The Four Steps to Help Programme is made up of:

National School Visits Programme

Our School Visits Programme provides trained facilitators who visit secondary schools by invitation. The facilitators provide classroom based presentations to transition, fifth and sixth years. Each student is provided with a 24 page booklet which details suicide awareness and prevention information relevant to their age. We provide these presentations and support materials free of charge to the schools. We have standing invitations from around 45 schools to return every year to present the programme to their new transition years.

Free Youth Counselling Services

Since the start of the school year in September 2015 we have been working to fund and develop free Youth Counselling Services for students from schools taking part in the Four Steps for Help Programme.

After receiving feedback from schools taking part in the Four Steps to Help Programme for Schools we decided that as many schools do not have full-time pastoral support such as a chaplain or an appropriately trained guidance counsellor it was appropriate for YSPI to fund a free counselling service. Through our Free2Talk Programme we now provide access to free counselling sessions, either face to face or online via video call, for any young person who needs to talk with someone about any issue that is causing them concern. We are hoping that we can open the free youth counselling service to all students in our participating schools and colleges during 2017 depending on sponsorship and funding.

FreeText Suicide Prevention Information Service

Feedback from students that we meet and talk with in schools highlighted the difficulty in getting suicide prevention and helpline information late at night or when out socialising especially if they have no internet access or phone credit.

Our response was to develop the FreeText Information Service. Anyone can text HELP to 50015 free of charge and receive a list of helplines and support information by text within 1 minute. We currently receive in excess of 1000 text requests per week most of which are received between 10pm and 4am.

Teachers’ Resource Packs

Working with teachers and other suicide prevention organisations we have developed a Teachers’ Manual which builds on the classroom presentations that we provide within the School Visits Programme.

The Teachers’ Manual provides background information on the causes of youth suicide and self-harm as well as statistics provided by the Central Statistics Office. This is then developed into a series of seven lesson plans with worksheets and handouts that teachers can use as part of a mental health module or project. There is also a test that can be used to bring the whole lesson cycle together. The Teachers’ Manual is provided free of charge to participating schools.

Secondary Teachers’ Handbook

We have also developed a Teachers’ Handbook which provides specialised information on crisis management, staff training and legal procedures for Secondary teachers.

Exam Support Training

In 2016-17 we are offering exam support courses in schools and colleges specifically designed to identify and help reduce extreme stress in 6th year secondary and final year university students. The incidence of youth suicide increases dramatically during exam season and this is mostly due to fear of failure and inability to deal with stress.

Facilitator Training

During the summer of 2016 we held a number of free training courses for teachers, youth group organisers and charity staff in how to facilitate the Four Steps to Help Programme in their schools and organisations. We are particularly keen to train facilitators who are fluent Irish speakers so the Four Steps to Help Programme can be presented in Gaeltacht schools and Irish Colleges as Gaeilge.

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Warning Signs

Warning signs may include but are not limited to:
Withdrawing from family and friends
Having difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly
Sleeping too much or too little
Feeling tired most of the time
Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
Talking about suicide or death
Self-destructive behaviour like drinking too much or abusing drugs
Losing interest in favourite things or activities
Giving away prized possessions
Mood swings
IMPORTANT
If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. If they have expressed an immediate plan, or have access to prescription medication or other potentially deadly means, do not leave them alone. Get help immediately.

Helplines

The Samaritans116 123
Pieta House1800 247 247
Aware1890 30 33 02
ISPCC Childline1800 66 66 66
Teen-Line Ireland1800 83 36 34

Contact Us

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (RCN20070670)
59 High Street
Killarney
Co Kerry V93 N977
Tel 021 - 242 7173
Email admin@yspi.eu