Under the Revenue Commissioners’ “Scheme of Tax Relief for Donations of Money or Designated Securities to ‘Eligible Charities’ and other ‘Approved Bodies’” (CHY2) Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland has been an “Eligible Charity” since December 2010 and, as such, any corporate donations made to us over €250 would be subject to tax relief as if it were a trading expense.
Our donation scheme status can be confirmed at https://revenue.ie/en/corporate/documents/statistics/registrations/authorised-charities-resident.pdf
Schools & College Awareness Packs €9,800
Every August we send out Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention packs to all 780 secondary schools and 130 third level colleges in the country for the start of the new academic year.
Materials can include a foreword or support letter. The packaging, materials and posters can all be branded with sponsor’s logo. The School and College Awareness packs are dispatched in late August just before the new academic year. Sponsors may wish to host the media launch.
YSPI has arranged for a series of booklets to be authored by leading clinicians dealing with aspects of youth self-harm and suicide in Ireland. The first booklet is Youth Self-Harm and Suicide.
Youth Self-Harm and Suicide by Doctor Keith Holmes
Doctor Keith Holmes, Clinical Director of The Lucena Clinic, and one of Ireland’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists, has authored a suicide prevention handbook for parents, teachers and anyone who works or deals with young people. The 32 page A5 booklet provides an overview of youth self-harm and suicide in Ireland and the causes of these behaviours, including depression and substance abuse. The booklet also deals with cyber bullying, suicide clusters, warnings signs, and intervention techniques.
Printing and Distribution Plan
YSPI plans to print 30,000 copies of this booklet as a first print run. These booklets will packaged into Resource Packs of 50 booklets and sent to every college, library, Fire, Ambulance and Garda Station in the country as well as most GAA, Sports and youth clubs. The booklet, fully branded, will also be available, free of charge, through our website.
Cost per booklet delivered
Mobile Counselling Service €20,000
We would like to make our mobile resource centre available to schools as part of the Schools Programme, and provide a counsellor in attendance who could work with individual students in need of support while the facilitators work with the main student body.
We already work with a number of counsellors who are willing to attend schools with us at reduced rates if we can provide transport and support.
Access to this type of service would be totally unique in Ireland and is much needed by schools and students judging from the requests for counselling we receive on school visits.
We would initially cost this service at €20,000 per annum working on the basis of 1,000 counselling sessions at a reduced rate of €20.00 per session. This would allow us to offer between 4-6 sessions per school as well as provide emergency sessions to members of the public or at-risk young people during outreach and awareness events.
Support of the costs would provide an opportunity to name the service as the “XYZ Company Mobile Counselling Service” or similar. Branding would also be possible on all YSPI counselling literature and leaflets distributed in regard to the service. There is also an opportunity for a media/press launch and associated publicity events.
Mobile Resource Centre €22,000
We would like to have a small retail trailer unit which can be moved around the country, parked in schools, colleges and on local authority land and provide a base for information distribution, and local outreach events built around its arrival in a locality.
We would make our mobile resource centre available to schools as a mobile training facility and this would form part of the Schools Programme. This will provide us with the ability to access and support many more young people than we can at present.
The costs of the mobile resource centre will include fitting out and equipment. This is estimated at around €22,000. Sponsorship of the costs would provide an opportunity naming of the mobile resource centre as the “XYZ Company mobile resource centre” or similar Branding would also be possible on the body of the trailer unit as well as on all YSPI literature and leaflets distributed from the resource centre.
The running cost of the mobile Resource Centre are estimated at around €22,000 per annum
This is the literature given out in each school in our Programme to students and teachers. In 2017-18 we will be working with around 120 secondary schools across the country and reaching 24,000 students directly. We will also be providing around 5,000 packs of materials and resources for the teachers in each school.
Materials can be branded with sponsor’s logo and include a foreword or support letter. The materials are given directly to students in the age range 16-21 being transition, 5th and 6th years as well as 1st and 2nd year students in third level education.
There were a number of issues in 2017 with fraudulent or inappropriate use of YSPI fundraisisng materials. PLEASE NOTE that registration for fundraising events is solely at our discretion and we can refuse or cancel registrations if necessary.
When we go to schools we are often asked by students, "How do I know I can talk about my problems to .....?" and it is most often their parents or a sibling that they want to talk to but they're afraid of being rejected.
By joining the Free2Talk Campaign you wear our special wristband or have our Free2Talk keyring so that your friends, children and other members of your family, team mates, co-workers etc know that they can approach you and talk.
YOU ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE A COUNSELLOR!!!! But one of the most important aspects of mental health awareness and particularly suicide prevention to allow people to talk. Just being allowed to talk, being listened to, can often be enough to stop someone from making bad decisions.
If you would like to find out more about mental health awareness, suicide prevention and the skills of active listening you might consider taking our Certificate Course
Reposted from Facebook Messages:
Hi Alan, I hope you don't mind me calling you by name but you were so kind to me when we talked after class a few weeks ago when you visited our school. I have so much difficulty trying to tell other people how I feel but you said about writing our thoughts down. I've tried to do that now so I can share my feelings with my counsellor. I did as you said in your talk and I've spoken with an amazing lady counsellor. I know she will help me but even with her I have no words. So I will express myself in writing.
I'm only 17 but I've been tempted to end my life so many times even though I'm on medication and my doctor is lovely. My step-dad keeps telling me to smile, to be more positive and mum agrees with him. I do try to please them both, I really do, but it's hard to smile when you're dying inside a little bit more every day.
I know other kids have tough lives and I see the children in Africa dying from malnutrition and I know, I know that I have so much compared to them but my sadness isn't rational. I know it isn't "normal" to feel like this but sometimes there is a special kind of peace when you are so sad you can't get any sadder. It's like resting at the bottom the sea, calm and dark and remote.
How can you explain to people that you just want to be alone, to be undisturbed. Nobody to tell you to cheer up, nobody trying to get you to talk or join in or the worst of all, be supportive. How am I supposed to support my sister and brother when it takes all my strength to support myself? Come to this dance class, attend this play, dress up for mass. So much of my strength goes into these things when I want to use my strength to fight this blackness.
I finally feel like I can split my attention between surviving and living. I want to live but it has to be more than just survival. Some people dream that they will be granted a vision of God to justify their faith; I dream of seeing a sliver of light piercing the darkness around me. Oddly enough I'm not a danger to myself as I just don't care enough to struggle through the planning required to end my life. And I have taken that first step you talked about, knowing you need help and asking for it.
Since this blackness took over my life and thoughts my friends have stopped asking me to do things with them. I can only imagine that I must have been terrible company as I just wanted to be left alone. After your talk one of my oldest friends came and asked me to go for coffee. I said no but she kept asking; eventually I went with her to stop the hassle. We went to a busy coffee shop and we didn't really talk but just being with her and being surrounded by people didn't seem as bad as I remembered. She told me she had spoken to the school guidance teacher as she wanted to make sure, like you said, that we shouldn't allow our friends to slip through the cracks. Apparently 7 different people talked to teachers about me after your visit so I guess I've not been hiding things as well as I thought. Or maybe they just know what to look for and what to do now.
I'm going to finish now and just thank you again for what you do and for what Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland are doing.