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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

Competition Holder

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (Registered Charity 20070670) 1st Floor, 59 High Street, Killarney, County Kerry V93 N977, Ireland. Our email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our competition website is

District Court Lottery Licence

This competition is promoted by Alan McKelvie on behalf of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland under a Section 28 Lottery Licence granted by Cork District Court on 23 September 2016. The maximum permissible prize fund is €20,000 per week. All proceeds of this competition will be used by the charity to help fund our charitable objectives.

Prize Fund

There is a €5,000 Jackpot Prize per weekly draw. If there is no winner of the jackpot in any given week then valid tickets from that draw will be placed in a draw for four (4) consolation prizes of €50.00  Total prize fund for this competition will be a maximum of €5.000 in any week.

Race Results

You can view the draw results on our website at  Lucky numbers are drawn each Monday morning and the winning numbers posted on our website before 5pm. If there is no jackpot winner then the winning ticket numbers for the €50.00 prizes will be shown.  Winning ticket holders who have supplied their contact details will be notified by email.

Prize Claims

Prizes may be claimed at claimants’ risk by completing the claims section on the ticket and sending the winning ticket, showing the winning ticket number on the front face, to:

Prize Fund Claims, Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland, 59 High Street, Killarney, County Kerry V93 N977.

You are advised to scan or photocopy your ticket before sending it to us.  Prizes must be claimed within 30 days of the end of the competition or date of winner notification, whichever is later. Valid claims will be settled by cheque within 14 days.

Competition Rules

The rules of the competition are as follows:

  1. All tickets are offered on the strict understanding that the organiser's interpretation of the rules is final and legally binding.
  2. Tickets cannot be sold to or by a person under 18 years of age.
  3. Tickets can ONLY be sold for their face value or in promotional groups:
    1. One Pick = €2.00
    2. Three Picks = €5.00
    3. Nine Picks (3 tickets) =  €10
  4. Any ticket may be declared void if stolen, misprinted, defaced, mutilated or is defective in any other way.
  5. You are deemed to agree to publicity if you claim the Jackpot prize. The winner agrees to the use of their names and images in any publicity material.
  6. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Irish data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  7. Tickets will expire 7 days after the close of the competition.
  8. Due to the nature of this type of competition it is entirely at the organisers’ discretion how the competition is organised.
  9. In all draws the results must be random and auditable.
  10. If a draw is cancelled before its due date all fully paid tickets will be rolled over to the next equivalent draw.
  11. The promoter, officers, trustees or employees of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  12. Closing date for entry will be set out on the ticket. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted. 
  13. Tickets for a draw cannot be sold once the draw has started.
  14. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  15. No responsibility can be accepted for prize claims not received for whatever reason.
  16. The Organisers reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the Organisers’ control such as weather. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the Organisers.
  17. The Organisers are not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  18. No alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  19. The organisers’ decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  20. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Irish law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Republic of Ireland.
  21. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
    1. All errors and omissions are excepted.
    2. All rights are reserved.
    3. All trademarks are acknowledged.
Competition Rules version 3.02
Dated 26th January 2017
Monday, 23 January 2017 11:36

Full & part-time Sales Staff Required

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Fotolia 44037348 S Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland are the only national youth-orientated suicide prevention charity.  We work with schools and colleges nationally providing face to face suicide prevention services to students.  In 2016 we visited 219 schools and worked with 14,000 students in class or one 2 one.  In 2017 we need more funds to visit more schools and work directly with more students.  YSPI - Saving Lives Through Education.

 We are currently recruiting a number of full-time and part-time sales staff to sell various products directly to the public, on the street, in shopping centres and door-to-door, as part of a team working for Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland.

Part-time positions are flexible as to days worked so would suit students.  Hours are usually afternoons and evenings although it may be possible to work to work either 10am to 2pm or 4pm to 8pm depending on sales location.

What we offer:

  • An hourly wage of at least €10.00 per hour.
  • 10% Commission on ALL SALES on top of your basic wage with on-target earning potential of over €500 per week
  • 15% commission is paid for working Sundays and public holidays.
  • Full-time or part-time positions available.
  • Age 18+
  • Possibility of promotion to team supervisor or fundraising manager.
  • Flexible working days.
  • Salary & commission is paid weekly.
  • Working as part of a sales team.
  • A fun, positive and exciting team atmosphere where no two days are the same.
  • Travel to and from your working location is provided.
  • A charity supervisor on location with you at all times.
  • Full product and sales training with ongoing coaching and support
  • Independent sales opportunities are also available.  Please call us for a chat.
A part-time fundraiser working 3 days a week, 6 hours per day, would earn a basic salary of €180.00 per week which can be boosted to over €300 per week with our generous commission structure. A full-time fundraiser working 6 days per week, 6 hours per day would earn a basic salary of €360.00 per week which could be boosted to over €500.00 per week with commission. Our christmas sales team were earning around €15 per hour with basic and commission.

You can also apply by email with CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 021 242 7173.  You can also text us on 086 1800 383 and we will call you back.


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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.


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
Co Kerry V93 N977
Tel 021 - 242 7173