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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:58

Changes to Event Registration

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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.


Monday, 20 November 2017 21:17

School Visit Bookings 2018

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School Visit dates are still available for March & April 2018.  Please call Tony on 021 242 7173 / 01 485 3827 to discuss your school visit.
Friday, 02 June 2017 13:12

Effects of Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety is such a debilitating illness. No one realises what it's like to constantly feel anxious or to fear the simplest of tasks such as walking to the shop. It may seem completely irrational to anyone that doesn't have social anxiety or doesn't have an understanding of it. It is so difficult to explain how it feels to have panic attacks or to feel and get physically sick every time you leave the house.

The constant thoughts running through your head that you can't stop and most of the time you don't even realise what the thoughts are because they come & go so fast.

It's a constant struggle to do anything. It stops me from going to events that I really want to go to. It prevents me from enjoying myself when I do go to these events & it just feels horrible that a mental illness can have that effect on someone. People always say I understand or I'm here for you, but, you cannot understand it unless you have been through it yourself & to the people who say they are there. Prove it! Text me every now and again to see how I am doing, don't just say you will be there for me & then I don't hear from you unless you want something because if you aren't going to be there for me when I need you don't bother texting me at all. I can't deal with your drama and my own if your not willing to do the same for me! Most days I can't even leave the house because of my social anxiety so please if your going to be my friend then make the effort with me and if not just leave because it's too hard to have so called "friends" that only text you when they need you. I wish that all mental illnesses didn't exist and that I could do all the things I would love to do but, they do exist and I can't do something's. It's not because I don't want to, it's because my social anxiety won't let me.

I genuinely would not wish having mental health problems on my worst enemy because no one should have to suffer like this, it's just not right.

I am so greatful to the friends and family that have been there to support me, I wouldn't be the person I am today without them.

I am also greatful to all the mental health professionals that have helped and encouraged me to get better over the years. They really are amazing people who just need the funding to back their line of work so that they can help more people, but, our government would prefer to use the money assigned to the mental health facilities to pay the politician's that genuinely do not care about mental health as they or anyone they know has obviously never suffered like a lot of young people in Ireland do. It's not right that we can't get the support we need when we need it because our government has its priorities all wrong.
Monday, 27 February 2017 16:14

Ballincollig Prize Draw - 27 February 2017

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A prize draw took place on Monday 27th February 2017 for the
BALLINCOLLIG Weekly Prize Draw
Draw Date 26 Feb 2017
NUMBERS DRAW   05, 12, 22, 31, 32
There was no winning ticket for the €5,000 prize so the following four (4) tickets numbers were drawn as €50.00 prize winners in accordance with the prize draw rules shown on the reverse of each ticket:
Total tickets in this draw: 107
Ticket holders of winning tickets can claim their prize up to 60 days from the date of the draw although exceptions can be made at the organisers' discretion.  Rules for this prize draw can be found at http://yspi.ie and on the reverese of the tickets.  E&OE.
Transfered for on 2nd June 2017
Thursday, 11 May 2017 13:00

YouthReach Dungarvan

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Hi there. We had a visit from Alan today in our Youthreach Centre in Dungarvan Co. Waterford. I just wanted to say how brilliant Alan is. The language and examples he used to explain to our learners about mental health issues were so completely appropriate to the group and they were really engaged, which is not the easiest thing to do. It was great to have an open conversation about suicide and what to do if we encounter someone who is feeling suicidal. Thank you so much for this work and especially thank you Alan, for being you. Kindest regards, Breege. Youthreach Dungarvan.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 19:03

April 2017 - Lottery Draw

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The April Prize Draw was conducted on Tuesday 3rd May 2017.
There was no winner of the €1,000 prize.
The following tickets were winners of the €50 prizes:
Winners have been notified by email.
TA626R    2017-04-07      Sligo        Ireland   
UP608Z    2017-04-15      Cork        Ireland
HP905V    2017-04-24     Sligo        Ireland
The next prize draw will be held on Tuesday 6th June 2017.  This will include tickets purchased up to 31st May 2017.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:03

Free2Talk Campaign

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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




Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00

Why our work is so important

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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.

Your friend

Monday, 03 April 2017 11:07

Kerry ComicCon

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Thanks to all at Kerry ComicCon for such a great weekend at the INEC Killarney.
Saturday, 18 February 2017 21:03

Stay Safe Athlone 19-22 April 2017

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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
Thursday 20th   
Talks to local schools by our Education Facilitators
Friday 21st 
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 tohouseholds and businesses in the Athlone area by our local Mental Health Awareness Team volunteers, as well as in press releases. 
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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
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.


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Teen-Line Ireland1800 83 36 34

Contact Us

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (RCN20070670)
59 High Street
Co Kerry V93 N977
Tel 021 - 242 7173