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Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:52

Mental Health Awareness Teams

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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, 03 November 2016 00:41

Kerry Education Resource Centre Funding Appeal

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As part of our strategic review in 2015 we identified County Kerry as an area which has unusually high risk indicators for youth self-harm and suicide. As a result we are opening an Education Resource Centre in High Street, Killarney which will provide specialist mental health awareness and recognition training for primary and secondary teachers from the county’s schools. The centre will also be organising workshops around Kerry for parents and anyone who would like to find out more about mental health awareness and particularly youth suicide prevention. The centre will also provide drop-in facilities and a counselling referral service for parents concerned about their children’s behaviour.

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland is already working with secondary schools in County Kerry 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. So far in 2016 we have 146 new schools in our programme and we are heading for over 24,000 face to face student sessions.

Due to the increased levels of mental health awareness among students we have been repeatedly asked about providing a free youth crisis counselling service, either online or face to face, for students from Kerry schools who want to talk to a qualified counsellor. Most schools are unable to provide crisis counselling of this type for their students so we want to offer this free service from the Kerry Education Resource Centre as part of our programme here in the county. All our counsellors are fully trained, registered and Garda vetted.

YSPI don’t receive any state funding and we rely on the generosity of the public and businesses to support our work. It will cost us about €6,000 to fund the Kerry Education Resource Centre for 12 months. This includes rent, rates and utilities. The Kerry Education Resource Centre will be staffed by volunteers but the Centre will also provide a base for our highly trained Educational Facilitators as well as counsellors.

There are just so many young people in crisis at the moment so we are looking for support from local businesses to sponsor our Resource Centre for County Kerry. If 25 local Kerry businesses could make a donation of just €250, which would also qualify for tax relief, we would be fully funded and running before Christmas; and unfortunately Christmas is one of our busiest times of the year.

Please help us to continue to provide these vital service to students, teachers and parents in Kerry by donating even a small amount. Big or small, every donation is special to us and we will ensure that your local schools are aware of your support for the Kerry Education Resource Centre. All sponsors will receive a Donation Receipt for tax purposes.

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 23:02

Education Resource Centres Programme

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yspi main logo ERCPAs part of our strategic review in 2015 we identified certain counties as areas which has unusually high risk indicators for youth self-harm and suicide.  

As a result we decided to start a new Development Programme to open a number of local Education Resource Centres in these counties which will provide specialist mental health awareness and recognition training for primary and secondary teachers from the county’s schools.  The centre will also be organising workshops around the county for parents and anyone who would like to find out more about mental health awareness and particularly youth suicide prevention.  

The Education Resource Centre will be staffed by volunteers but the Centre will also provide a base for our highly trained Educational Facilitators as well as counsellors.  

The  role of the Education Resource Centre will be to:

•     provide specialist mental health awareness and recognition training for primary and secondary teachers from the county’s schools;

•     organise local workshops for parents and anyone who would like to find out more about mental health awareness and particularly youth suicide prevention;

•     provide drop-in facilities for casual callers looking for support, information or just a chat;

•     provide a counselling referral service for parents concerned about their children’s behaviour;

•     provide a base for our schools facilitators and counsellors.

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