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Students Against Suicide Featured

Written by Conor Mac Bride
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Students Against Suicide is our National Awareness and Solidarity Campaign for 2017.

Students from across the country contact us daily asking why more isn't being done about youth suicide specifically.  YSPI's Schools Programme will reach around 24,000 students in schools and colleges across the country this year but we don't receive a cent from the government.  We want 2017 to be our year of awareness, our year of solidarity with the families, friends and fellow students of those young people who have died by suicide.

Our campaign is focussed on:

  • More funding for youth specific suicide prevention programmes that actually reach the people who need them, young people.
  • Funding for a national online Youth Counselling Service so that young people in rural areas can get counselling and support more easily and quickly.
  • Recognition that the official statistics are only telling part of the story, that the story on the ground is very different.
  • Accepting that all the other crises that affect young people, homelessness, financial pressures, lack of opportunities, deprivation, bullying & harassment, they all lead back to an increased risk of suicide.

Students of Ireland, we have power, let's use it in 2017.

 

 

 

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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