Autumn Newsletter 2011

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Headstrong and O2 win Fundraising Ireland Award

Summer has come to an end and here is an update on what we have been up to over the past three months. Enjoy.

Headstrong and O2 were awarded the Best Corporate Charity Partnership recently at the Irish Fundraising Awards. The award recognises the most successful partership between a charity and a commercial organisation. 


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Also in this Issue

  1. Message from the Founder Director
  2. Mental health focus for radical new hub
  3. Impressive response as communities seek new services for young people
  4. Youth workers look to transitional model to smooth the way
  5. Frontline workers in Ballymun graduate in Youth Mental Health
  6. New guidance for communities on youth mental health issues
  7. First major Irish survey on youth mental health nears completion 
  8. Fundraising Ireland Award Winners
  9. Congratulations and Thank You to Mini Marathon team
  10. O2 Summer Fundraiser
  11. Stewart McKenna's Fundraising IronMan Challenge
  12. Kildare Cycle
  13. Aras Forum
  14. Think Big Challenge
 
 
 

Message from the Founder Director

 

New people bring a new energy to an organisation. We have been very fortunate this month to have had five new staff members join us in Headstrong. They have brought a great energy and committment to our work and I welcome them and wish them well.

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Mental health focus for radical new hub

 

Somewhere new for young people aged between 15 and 25 to turn to - has been offically launched by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. The Taoiseach recently opened a new hub for Jigsaw Galway, services for young people with emerging mental health difficulties.

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Impressive response as commnuities seek new services for young people

 

More mental health and well-being services for young people are on the way.

Communities from all over Ireland came forward this summer to submit expressions of interest to Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, to be considered as one of five new Jigsaw projects. Jigsaw services work through dedicated hubs offering young people support in an accessible youth friendly setting, across the whole spectrum of mental health and well-being issues.

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Youth workers look to transitional model to smooth the way

 

Front line youth workers have attended a two day workshop in Dublin facilitated by the internationally renowned Dr Hewitt B. 'Rusty' Clark. Dr Clark is an expert in the area of tranistion to adulthood among young people with emotional challenges.


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Frontline workers in Ballymun graduate in Youth Mental Health

 




 
 
 
 

New guidance for communities on youth mental health issues

 

How to support young people in distress is the subject of a new workshop for parents' and community groups available through Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. The training suggests practical tips on how to listen to young poeple and support them in finding a positive sense of identity.  

 

 
 
 

First major Irish survey on youth mental health nears completion

 

Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health is looking for young people aged 18 - 25 who are unemployed to take part in the first national study of youth mental health. Work is nearing completion and already 11,000 young people have been surveyed on their mental health and well-being in the 'My World Survey'. 

 

 
 
 

Fundraising Ireland Award Winners

 

Headstrong and O2 were awarded the Best Corporate Charity Partnership recently at the Irish Fundraising Awards. The award recognises the most successful partnership between a charity and a commercial organisation. 

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Congratulations and Thank You to Mini Marathon team

 

Congratulations and many thanks to everyone who took part in the 2011 Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin on the June Bank Holiday Monday for Headstrong.

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O2 Summer Fundraiser

 

July saw more than 200 employees of O2 bake, run, swim, cycle and dance and all to raise money for Headstrong as part of their Summer Fundraising Events.

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Stewart McKenna Fundraising Ironman Challenge

 

Sligo Doctor, Stewart McKenna completed an Ironman challenge in Frankfurt on July 24th and in the process raised almost €1,000 for Headstrong. Stewart received great support form the Sligo Tri-Club and went to extraordinary lengths to prepare but it all paid off when he came in 2nd in the Irish contingent.

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Kildare Cycle

 

Last November, planning began on a cycle that would set out from Kildare and go to Sligo and back again. In June, the planning ended and the challenge began. In total the group cycled 400km and we would like to say a huge thank you to Ger O'Sullivan and all his team of hardy cyclists.

 

 
 
 

 Aras Forum

 
 We were honoured to be part of the Aras Forum on  'Working Together for Postive Youth Mental Health' in Aras an Uachtaráin in June. Having so many young people voice their opinions and be heard was energising, and amongst the speakers on the day was Emma Farrell, a member of our Youth Advisory Panel. President Mary McAleese spoke of the importance of breaking the barriers and stigma that surrounds the youth mental health conversation.  
 
 

 Think Big Challenge

Headstrong along with O2 know that you have ideas that can change your world and we want to give you more to make that happen. We are giving out four special grants of €5,000 for projects run by you that will change how your community thinks about young people and their mental health.                                             

                                          
                
 
 

Headstrong YAP in Irish Times

 

Our members of Headstrong's Youth Advisory Panel now have ink in their veins. Marie Duffy, Ruth Baker, Darren Scullly and Tim Smyth guested as Irish Times columnists during Summer 2011. The four YAP members took over Tony Bates' Mind Moves column and reaction to their journalism has been positive. If you'd like to read their inspirational work, check out our Headstrong blog.

 

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