Challenge yourself with Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland and sign up to our Skydive against Suicide. This is our biggest fundraising campaign for 2018 and we’re hoping to encourage people from all over Ireland to participate in YSPI Skydive against Suicide.
We’re running the Skydive against Suicide because youth suicide is a shadow across the lives of everyone in Ireland. Our country has one of the highest reported rates of suicide for 18-24 year olds in Europe. There is a very real need for action from our community. YSPI are the only national charity focusing on youth self-harm and youth suicide specifically. In 2017 we have visited over 100 schools and meet around 16,000 students face to face. Your support will enable us to carry out many more educational workshops in schools and colleges across Ireland.
We’re asking you to help provide resources for young people, their friends, families, teachers and coaches so that the information on early signs of pre-suicidal behaviour is put out there, so that there’s more awareness raised on this issue and so that this tragic loss of life is reduced.
Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland urgently need your support to continue to fund our dedicated Schools Outreach Team who provide our "Four Steps to Help" Suicide Awareness and Prevention talks for schools and interested organisations in 2018. As you can imagine providing suicide awareness and prevention information directly to young people in a safe and supportive environment are critical to helping to reduce that frighteningly high rates of youth suicide in Ireland.
With your help we can increase the number of talks that we are able to provide and this vital service to more schools, colleges and youth organisations. Our Four Steps to Help Programme has been specifically developed by YSPI and approved by our Advisory Board as age appropriate for ages 16+ which allows us to provide a frontline service to young people. These talks are 100% funded by YSPI as part of our outreach work and there is no cost to the school or organisation to book and host a talk.
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 Ireland in 2018 and suicide rates are rising again and, sadly, our most at risk group is young males..
Many families are now in financial trouble leading to tension between parents and siblings. Many young people can be faced with a very sudden decline in standard of living, or the discovery that their parents can't now afford to send them to university or college. They also face the terrible prospect that there may not be work at home for them for some years to come, and face the prospect of life on social welfare or emigration.
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.