Newbridge students attend programme targeting teen suicide

Launch

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Newbridge students attend programme targeting teen suicide

The students who attended the launch

Students from the Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge recently attended the launch of a programme addressing Ireland’s teen suicide rate and mental health illness stigma.

Four members of the Patrician Secondary senior student council, Kevin Forde, Sean Molloy, Adam Hurley and Griffin Ennis are among the first in Ireland to implement a new mental health programme — HEADSTRONG in association with Cycle Against Suicide — to address the stigma of suicide amongst young people. The students joined other schools from across the country at the launch in Dublin on October 4.

Caroline Lafferty, CEO of Cycle Against Suicide said: “It’s a powerful, evidence based programme that has already won international awards, and with the help of our selected schools we’re hoping that the pilot programme will be a huge success, with the aim of rolling out HEADSTRONG across all Irish secondary schools within the coming years.

“This is a core part of our mission in addressing mental health in younger people, which is currently at an alarming level in Ireland.”

Its introduction to Ireland comes through a partnership between Cycle Against Suicide and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

It will teach students how to reduce stigma, become mental health champions in their schools, and the programme challenges students to examine the dangers of stereotypes and the harm created by stigma.

To find information about where you can get help for mental health issues, visit www.cycleagainstsuicide.co
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