This book gives a broad introduction to youth mental health awareness and suicide prevention and the state of youth mental health in Ireland today for parents and those concerned about the welfare of young people in this fast paced, ever-changing world of pandemic Ireland
find information on what worries and stresses teenagers, the myths around mental health and how you can help and support them
this section gives detailed information on why teenagers are at risk of mental health issues and the warning signs to look out for
provides information on how to really listen to young people, engage them and let them know that you are there for them no matter what.
knowing when to offer help and when to get help, and how to get help, are vital to mental health well-being and we have a range of services to assist
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Provide resource packs to 5 more schools in remote areas
Due to logistical limitations and lack of resources, some of the more remote areas of the country cannot be serviced by our facilitators as easily as more urban areas. Our response is providing a training pack so teachers can provide the programme in their own schools.
Each pack will provide resources for all the TY, 5th and 6th year students in the school. Funding 5 school resource packs would allow us to directly contact an additional 625 to 750 students before the end of 2018.
Fund 2 additional second-level school visits
Based on audited figures from 2015 and 2016 the cost of providing a school visit to the charity is around €250 which includes facilitator salaries, printing, teacher packs and travel.
Each additional school visit we can achieve allows our facilitators to work directly, face to face, with anything from a single year group to three year groups of students.
Two additional school visit would allow us to work directly with around 500 more students than last year.
Provide 25 more hours of crisis counselling
The most requested service that schools look for is getting fast access to appropriate counselling for students they consider to be at-risk.
Our counselling support fund allows priority cases to be referred to local counsellors in the school area. Each additional €500 targeted at this option would support an additional 17 hours of priority counselling.
Accessing a local counsellor is often the quickest way of helping at-risk young people but can be too expensive for many families
Fund an extra 3 weeks of FreeText Crisis Support
YSPI provides a FreeText Crisis Information Service which is free of charge to users. Texting HELP to 50015 provides immediate 24/7 crisis information.
Our Crisis Information Service also includes running our ineedhelp.ie website which provides a single point for help, support and information for those in need of immediate assistance or longer term support.