School Visits Programme

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016 14:49

Support our School Visits Programme

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Help fund our 2016 School Visits Programme by texting YSPI SCHOOL to 50300 to send us a €4.00 donation.

Every 50 text donations will cover the costs of sending a specialist team to visit a school or college during 2016 so for less than the cost of a pint you can help to save young lives throughout Ireland.

100% of your €4.00 donation goes directly to Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland across most network operators. Some network operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.25 will go to Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 680 5278.

 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 14:39

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.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 14:24

School Presentation Information

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  • national school vists programmeTalks 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.  Ideally we prefer to talk with smaller groiups of up to 40 as this allows easier interaction but we can cater to larger groups with notice. 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 have a template parental consent letter available HERE.

    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.
  • We ask that the school or organisation keeps a teacher or suitable person in the venue during the talk.
  • We will need a projector and screen that can connect to a laptop, or we can provide a projector with prior notice.
  • Depending on how many people would like to attend the talk, we can do multiple presentations on the same day. 
  • The presentation notes for the Four Steps To Help programme are available to download HERE.

There is no charge for our school visits as they are funded by the charity through sponsorship and donations.  

If these talks sound like something you'd be interested in for your school, please let us know and we will be able to set a date aside. Unfortunately because of the heavy demand for these talks it will be the start of March 2015 before we have dates available.  You can make a provisional book by clicking the "Book a Visit" link in the menu above or call us on 021 242 7173 during office hours or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sunday, 08 May 2016 02:15

Teachers' Resources

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national school vists programmeAs 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.

Sunday, 08 May 2016 02:14

School Visit Information

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Talks last about 40 minutes and there is an opportunity for Q&As. The talks can be extended or reduced depending on class times or numbers attending.  Ideally we prefer to talk with smaller groups of up to 25 as this allows easier interaction but we can cater to larger groups with notice. 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 participation. We have a template parental consent letter available upon request.

We can provide a team of two people if required to comply with your Child Protection Policy. We do ask that the school or organisation keeps a teacher or suitable person in the venue during the talk. Please also notify us of any other child protection requirements you have in place for outside speakers so we can ensure compliance.  We will need a projector and screen that can connect to a laptop, or we can provide a projector with prior notice.  Depending on how many people would like to attend the talk, we can do multiple presentations on the same day.

Sunday, 08 May 2016 02:07

About the Four Steps to Help Programme

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During 2015 we were able to provide school visits to 90 schools and colleges and provide over 210 Four Steps to Help Programme workshops directly to our target demographic, 16-24 year olds.The charity is fully committed to increasing the number of school visits we can undertake due to exceptional demand from schools for these visits.

The Four Steps to Help Programme for Schools 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+. This programe works particularly well with Transition Year Classes. These school visits are fully funded by the YSPI Flower of Hope campaign 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 own “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 Four Steps to Help Programme for Schools focuses on providing simple, factual guidance for suicide awareness and prevention. The programme emphasises:

  • the importance of awareness of sudden changes in behaviour in friends, family or acquaintances; 
  • Understanding how to recognise the suicide warning signs, as well as signs of other mental health issues;
  • promotion of ‘active listening’, giving simple listening skills and exercises which can be used in everyday situations;
  • emphasis on making appropriate family members or other adults aware of concerns so that action can be taken;
  • practical information on dealing with a crisis situation and how to respond.

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.

THE FOUR STEPS TO HELP
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.

Step 1: Watching
This step focusses on raising awareness of the suicide warning signs and encouraging participants to watch out for sudden behaviour changes in their friends and family members.

Step 2: Showing
This step focusses 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.  This step introduces the Active Listening skillset and provides techniques and examples.

Step 3: Asking
This step focusses on simple techniques for asking someone how they are feeling and encouraging them to feel safe to talk about their concerns.  This step builds on the techniques introduced in step 2

Step 4: Helping
This step provides guidance on how to help someone you are concerned about and focusses on getting assistance from a trusted adult or directly from a medical professional.  This step also introduces a crisis scenario and provides information on how to deal with the need to get immediate assistance.  This step links to the YSPI FreeText Crisis Information service detailed on the back page of this leaflet.

Friday, 22 April 2016 23:36

FreeText Emergency Assistance Service

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We also provide a FreeText emergency assistance service where texting the keyword YOUTH to 50015 will respond with emergency information and support 24/7/365.  The text is free to send so anyone in need can get asistance even if they have no credit.

The FreeText service provides a vital support to young people as we received over 800 text requests for assistance every week.  Over 38% of these requests have been between 12am and 4am.

national school vists programmeYouth 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.

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
IMPORTANT
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.

Helplines

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
Email admin@yspi.eu