Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland was founded in 2007 as there were no national charities focusing specifically on the problems and issues of youth suicide and self-harm in Ireland.
We have never received a euro in state funding in all the time we have been working for the young people of Ireland. All our funding comes from personal supporters and corporate sponsorship so we understand the trust they put in us because we know if we don't live up to that trust there will be no state agency there to bail us out. As at 1st November 2018 it costs us just 12c per €1 to run the charity so 88c or 88% of funds we receive are available to fund lifesaving programmes like our Schools Programme and FreeText Crisis service.
Our Board of Trustees are all volunteers and receive no salary or compensation of any kind for their time and service. Our Trustees are entirely independent and they are not related to each other in any way. Our Trustees do not have charity credit cards or any kind of direct access to charity funds but they have total access 24/7 to the charity's financial records and books so they can assure themselves that your donations are being spent properly.
- Our Trustees, Chief Executive and administrators are not paid for their time or service.
- The charity has no mortgages or major outstanding debts.
- The charity always tries to keep cash reserves of 10% of annual income in case of emergencies.
- The charity has only two staff, both are trained facilitators who provide the National School Visits Programme around the country. They get paid around €25,000 per year each.
- The charity also pays for a certified accountant to keep our accounts, and separate independent auditors to check our accounts are complete and accurate.
Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland is a registered Irish Charity. Our charity registration is 20070670 and can be verified with the Irish Charity Regulator at https://www.charitiesregulator.ie/en/information-for-the-public/search-the-charities-register/charity-detail?srchstr=20070670®id=20070670.
Charitable Tax Status
We are a tax-exempt charitable trust approved by the Irish Revenue Commissioners under charity number CHY18438 and the charity is also an approved body under the Charities Donation Scheme. Our charitable tax status is current and can be verified through the Revenue Commissioners’ website at https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/documents/statistics/registrations/authorised-charities-resident.pdf
Charitable Donation Scheme
We are an eleigible body authorised under the Scheme of Tax Relief for Donations to Eligible Charities and other Approved Bodies. Donations over €250 made to the charity can be treated as a businesss expsens under the scheme. To find out more visit https://www.revenue.ie/en/companies-and-charities/charities-and-sports-bodies/charitable-donation-scheme/index.aspx
"Ireland has the fourth highest teen suicide rate in the EU/OECD"
Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland has been working for over 10 years to provide free mental health and suicide prevention education and training services to schools and colleges around Ireland. According to the World Health Organisation's 2016 report suicide is the 2nd highest cause of death amongst young people across the World. Sadly Ireland is not spared from this problem which affects almost every community in the country.
In the European Union during 2015, according to Eurostat, there were approximately 56,000 reported deaths by suicide making it one of the leading causes of death. Males accounted for 43,000 of those deaths or 76%.
According to research by UNICEF published in 2017 Ireland has the fourth highest teen suicide rate in the EU/OECD region. The organisation's latest report card on well-being of young people found that Ireland's suicide rate amongst adolescents aged 15 to 19 was 10.3 per 100,000 population and ranks well above the national country average of 6.1 per 100,000.
Parents in particular, and other adults who work with young people on a regular basis, are best placed to pick up on the early signs of mental health crisis and act quickly to prevent the crisis escalating to tragedy. Many of the parents that we work with who have lost children to suicide realise afterwards that their child was displaying clear warning signs of a mental health crisis but that due to lack of understanding they had missed the opportunity to intervene.
Our School Visits Programme has been developed over the last 5 years in response to requests from schools and students for a fully integrated youth-orientated mental health awareness and suicide prevention system that can be delivered in the classroom to students aged 16 and above. Essentially the programme consists of:
- Classroom based presentation provided for up to 300 students provided by one of our trained facilitators.
- A 24 page Student Booklet for each student attending a workshop
- Teacher Resource Pack which provides seven lesson plans with worksheets and handouts that build on topics raised in the presentation.
- Access for all students to FreeText crisis information service.
- Programme Resource Packs for remote schools allowing teachers to present the programme.
- Access to local counselling resources Mid 2019
We are also able to provide, by arrangement, and again without charge:
- Teacher Mental Health Awareness Training
- QPR and APC Training Courses
- Teacher self-harm & suicide prevention training
- Awareness training courses for parents
- Access to educational assessments and psychometric evaluations Mid 2019
School visits are provided free of charge as a core element of our outreach work, but they are booked on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to discuss our Four Steps to Help Programme with our Schools Facilitator please contact us on 01 485 3827 / 021 242 7173 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org