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Four Steps 4 Summer - Summer Availability

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4 Steps to Help Full ColourWe have some availability during June, July and August to provide our Four Steps to Help Programme to groups and organisations which are running over the summer.

We have 2 days available in July and 8 days available during August where our Schools Team can visit your youth camp, event or project to deliver the Four Steps to Help workshops to anyone over 16yo.  The workshops are free of charge and are entirely funded by YSPI.

Please contact Tony on 021 242 7173 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss a booking.  Talks are available by appointment only and on a first come first served basis.

About the Four Steps to Help Programme

The Four Steps to Help Programme has been developed and approved by our Advisory Panel which includes a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and has been deemed to be age appropriate for ages 16+.

These talks are funded by YSPI through our UCD Students' Union Skydive Challenge 2016 as part of our outreach work and there is no cost to the school or organisation to book and host a talk.

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 100% preventable.  The programme has been approved by our expert advisors as suitable for ages 16+.

The Four Steps to Help Programme is a simple introduction to suicide prevention and awareness information designed for young people. The talks focus on four steps: Watching, Showing, Asking, Helping. More information can be found on www.fourstepstohelp.com.  The full presentation and the presentation notes can be viewed HERE or downloaded from the link at the bottom of this article.

Step 1: Watching

This step focuses on raising awareness of the suicide warning signs and encouraging participants to watch out for behaviour changes in their friends and family members.

Step 2: Showing

This step focuses on showing friends and family members that they can discuss any concerns with their friend or sibling, and they can turn to parents and trusted adults for support and advice.

Step 3: Asking

This step focuses on simple techniques for asking someone how they are feeling and encouraging them to feel safe to talk about their concerns.

Step 4: Helping

This step provides guidance on how to help someone you are concerned about and focuses on getting assistance from a trusted adult or directly from a medical professional.

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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.


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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
Email admin@yspi.eu