Christmas is just around the corner, and for many young people it is a time of great joy and goodwill. For other young people however it can be a time of great personal sadness and loneliness, and it is the time of year when we see the highest number of youth suicides and attempted youth suicides in our country.
With the continuing financial pressures on families only made worse at Christmas many young people find themselves in an environment of increasing stress and arguments. It is vital that they have people and organisations to turn to at this time of year and we at Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland try to help our young people as best we can throughout this difficult time of year.
For more information please visit the Four Steps to Help website at www.fourstepstohelp.com
Due to incredible demand we have had to reprint our Suicide Warning Signs postcards which we will receive this week.
The new postcards are A6 size (10.5cm x 14.8cm) and are laminated for extra durability.
If you have ordered a Warning Signs Prevention Pack your pack will be dispatched early next week with the new postcards.
If you would like to order a free pack of 25 of the new cards for yourself or an organisation please click HERE
Can you spare just 2 hours?
YSPI urgently needs volunteers from all over Ireland in the run up to Christmas. By giving us just two hours of your time, you will not only help us reach our goals for 2013, but you will also help introduce your friends, neighbours and family to our work.
The sale of Christmas cards plays a vital role in funding the ongoing awareness campaigns of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland and, at just €5 per pack of 10 cards, they are extremely popular. By selling 10 of these packs you can raise €50 for YSPI. And it should take you less than two hours.
Never done anything like this before? Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think. Here are some tips to get you started:
or call our helpline on 021 242 7173 or you can register online by clicking HERE
Following discussions with a number of Chambers of Commerce the Trustees have agreed to introduce a new "Stay Safe" Campaign in targeted areas around the country.
The focus of the "Stay Safe" Campaign will be the availability of "Stay Safe" Prevention Information packs for every student in the target area. The "Stay Safe" Campaign will be rolled out from January 2014 and local businesses will be contacted in target areas for their support.
Although Christmas is a very special time for many people for others it can be a time of great loneliness and sadness. As the recession continues to bite many families will find this Christmas particularly hard. As a result YSPI is planning a number of local Awareness Days around the country in the run up to Christmas.
Provisional dates and areas are shown below. These are subject to change.
|Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland was founded in 2007 and is a fully registered Irish Charity. Our founding aim was to create a charity working to prevent suicide amongst the young people of Ireland specifically. Now in our sixth year we have a number of youth project up and running this year that really need your support.|
Youth Suicide Prvention Ireland specialises in providing suicide prevention information specifically designed for young people through traditional and online media.
We develop online Youth Campaigns, distribute suicide and self-harm prevention information to schools and colleges, and provide funding for counselling support and materials for educational programmes. We are currently developing an online support forum for young people at risk of suicide or self-harm.
We were founded on a simple principle which we have worked to achieve over the last seven years, and our mission statement says more than we ever could:
"because one life lost is one life too many"
There has never been a more important time to support youth suicide prevention in Ireland as young people are being hit on all sides by the reality of life in 2013 and suicide rates are rising again and, sadly, our most at risk group is young males..
It can seem a bleak picture to young people but there is so much help and support available to them, both amongst their friends, family and peer group, and also in the wider community where many are working to prevent youth suicide on a daily basis.