without proper training and support teachers are not adequately prepared to recognise pre-suicidal behaviours in their students or trained in how to respond.
By working with Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland's Kerry Education Resource Centre schools and organisations in the Kingdom can have their staff trained so they can better recognise young people who are dealing with a mental health crisis, know how to provide appropriate assistance and support to those young people, and help reduce the rates of youth suicide and self-harm.
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The centre will provide specialist mental health awareness and recognition training for primary and secondary teachers from the county's schools.
The Kerry Education Resource Centre will be staffed by our volunteers but the Centre will also provide a base for our highly trained Educational Facilitators as well as counsellors.
The Four Steps to Help Programme has been developed over the last 4 years in response to requests from schools and students for a youth-orientated mental health awareness and suicide prevention system that can be delivered in the classroom to students aged 16 and above. The programme consists of: Classroom based presentation provided by one of our trained facilitators and includes a 24 page booklet for each student attending; Teacher Resource Pack which provides seven lesson plans with worksheets amd handouts that build on topics raised in the presentation; and our Teachers’ Handbook which provides a detailed overview of youth suicide prevention and intervention from a teacher’s perspective.