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 school visit programme is currently funded by the UCD Students’ Union Skydive Challenge so there is no cost to the school or organisation to book and host a talk.
For more information or to make a booking for your school or organisation please visit our Schools Visit Programme information page at http://yspi.eu/schools or call us on 021 242 7173 or 01 485 3827.