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021 242 7173
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59 High Street
County Kerry
V93 N977

Welcome to the YSPI Schools Programme Website

Youth suicide is the number one cause of death amongst young people in Ireland. Almost no community in the country has been left untouched by this tragic situation.

The need for action has never been greater, and never been more urgent. Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland has responded to this by launching our School Visits Programme which has provided over 210 in-class workshops for schools and colleges in the last 12 months.

The talks we present are based on our Four Steps To Help Programme which is designed to increase awareness of suicide prevention and to provide information on the support and resources available to anyone who is concerned about suicide or is concerned about a friend or family member.

The talks emphasis three main points: that talking about suicide makes suicide less likely; that if someone is thinking about suicide it should never be kept a secret; and that suicide is preventable. The programme has been approved by our expert advisors as suitable for ages 16+ so is ideal as part of the Transition Year schedule or a Mental Health Framework within the school.
The Four Steps to Help Programme focuses on providing a mantra for youth suicide pevention, four simple steps that will allow any of us to:

* become more aware of our friends, peers and those around us everyday
* recognise the warning signs of suicidal and pre-suicidal behaviours
* ask the right questions at the right time
* know when to seek help for ourself or others

We all need to know and understand that there is always someone that we can turn to in our life and talk about the issues facing us without fear of rejection if we are prepared to take the first step.

What is much more challenging is being prepared to take that first step for someone else; to face possible rejection or ridicule by being prepared to use the Four Step Programme to potentially save a life.
Talks last about 40 minutes and there is an opportunity for Q&As as this usually fits into a 50 minute class period.. The talks can be extended or reduced depending on class times or numbers attending. The talks are age appropriate for over 16s and if participants are under 18 then school policy should be applied or parental consent should be obtained prior to particpation.

We are always required to comply with our own Child Protection Policy and we will happy to discuss your schools' Child Protection requirements at the time of booking.

Depending on how many people would like to attend the talk, we can do multiple presentations on the same day.

There is no charge for our school visits as they are funded by the charity through sponsorship and donations.
As part of the Four Steps to Help Programme for Schools we have also developed a set of six lesson plans with worksheets, handouts and quizzes. The lesson plans are based on the Four Steps to Help presentation and buidl on the students’ exisiting knowledge.

Topics covered include awareness of mental health issues, active listening, stress management, prejudice against mental health sufferers and supporting those with mental health challenges. The lesson plans are available exclusively to schools which are part of the Four Steps to Help Schools Programme.

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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)
Atrium Business Centre
Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool
Cork City, Ireland
Tel 021 - 242 7173