Due to the huge increase in mental health issues since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic all funds raised from our Skydive For Life 2020 are going to fund our new Youth Crisis Counselling Programme which will pay for fast, free, access to local counsellors and psychologists for young people in crisis or at immediate risk of suicide or self-harm..
Like most charities we have been overwhelmed by contacts from parents, teachers and teenagers since the start of the COVID-19 lock-down. We have received a 312% increase in requests for urgent crisis support or intervention since April. So the Trustees have allocated funding to develop and support a new free Crisis Counselling Programme which will fund immediate access to two sessions of crisis counselling, with a registered counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist, for young people in crisis or at immediate risk of suicide.
The programme will be by referral from a school guidance counsellor or GP. More information will be available in late October and we are due to start the programme in November 2020.
Find out more by visiting our project website at www.sponsoropportunities.ie or call us on 1800 828 888.Find Out More
In almost every school we visit we are told that there are teenagers in that school, or in that town, at risk of serious mental health crises, and the school does not have access to fast crisis intervention. We want to change that by setting up and running Ireland's FIRST mobile crisis counselling centre for at-risk teenagers.
Our special project this year is to raise €50,000 to purchase and fund Ireland’s first free mobile youth crisis counselling service. This would be an amazing opportunity for your company to be involved with a new, innovative, social project that will bring immediate benefits to young people and their families around Ireland.
When we visit schools and colleges one of the most frequent concerns raised by teachers and management is the availability of mental health services for referral. Most teachers are not trained in mental health awareness techniques and school guidance counsellors are often over-stretched particularly around exam time which is a high risk mental health period especially amongst Leaving Cert students.
Our programmes are targeted at our core client group of children and adolescents up to age 20 but are available to ANYONE who is in crisis or at-risk of suicide or self-harm. Our main service areas are shown below
We provide a comprehensive schools programme for teachers and students
We provide specialist websites and resources for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
We run public outreach events and seminars for parents, organisations and the public
Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland has been working for over 10 years to provide free education and training services to schools and colleges around Ireland. According to the World Health Organisation's 2016 report suicide is the 2nd highest cause of death amongst young people across the World. Sadly Ireland is not spared from this problem which affects almost every community in the country.
In the European Union during 2015, according to Eurostat, there were approximately 56,000 reported deaths by suicide making it one of the leading causes of death. Males accounted for 43,000 of those deaths or 76%.
According to research by UNICEF published in 2017 Ireland has the fourth highest teen suicide rate in the EU/OECD region. The organisation's latest report card on well-being of young people found that Ireland's suicide rate amongst adolescents aged 15 to 19 was 10.3 per 100,000 population and ranks well above the national country average of 6.1 per 100,000.
Schools and teachers are so important to the development of personality, social skills and self-worth in a young person. The WHO states that among the six most important ways of reducing suicide rates is through School-based Interventions.
The Four Steps to Help Programme that we facilitate to schools has been running for 5 years now and in that time we have worked with around 120 schools across the country to provide a comprehensive resource for teachers and students.Download Latest 2019 Audited Accounts
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Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland was founded in 2007 as there were no national charities focusing specifically on the problems and issues of youth suicide and self-harm in Ireland.
We have never received a euro in public money in all the time we have been working for the young people of Ireland. All our funding comes from personal supporters so we understand the trust they put in us because we know if we don't live up to that trust there will be no state agency there to bail us out. It costs us just 11c per €1 to run the charity so 89c or 89% of funds we receive are available to fund lifesaving programmes like the Four Steps to Help for Schools.
Our Board of Trustees are all volunteers and receive no salary or compensation of any kind for their time and service. Our Trustees are entirely independent and they are not related to each other in any way. Our Trustees do not have charity credit cards or any kind of direct access to charity funds but they have total access 24/7 to the charity's financial records and books so they can assure themselves that your donations are being spent properly.
Our charity registration is 20070670 and can be verified with the Irish Charity Regulator We are a tax-exempt charitable trust approved by the Irish Revenue Commissioners under charity number CHY18438 and the charity is also an approved body under the Charities Donation Scheme.
Our registered office details are: Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland, 1st Floor, 59 High Street, Killarney, Co Kerry V93 N977.
Our contact details are 1800 828 030 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.