Headstrong welcomes new guidelines on mental health and suicide prevention in post primary schools

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31st January 2013: Dr Tony Bates, Founding Director of Headstrong, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health welcomes the release of the Well-Being in Post Primary Schools: Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention.

 “ These guidelines reinforce and support best practice for mental health promotion and suicide prevention in schools, “ he said “ and the guidelines work towards  ensuring that young people have somewhere to turn to and someone to talk to about their mental health. “

 “We know that one in ten children and teenagers experience mental health difficulties and that early detection and intervention leads to better outcomes.”

 “This holistic approach already implemented in the Jigsaw Meath Whole School Approach helps  knit together many of the services required to support youth mental health.” And Dr Bates added. “It also strengthens the significant capacity of the school community to promote and enhance their young people’s mental health.”

 “We welcome the continuum of support, “support for all” through to “support for a few”, outlined within these guidelines. They reinforce and reflect the work of our Jigsaw programme in the community and build the network of supports that young people have identified they need for their mental health.”

Editor’s Note

Headstrong is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. Our vision is an Ireland where young people are connected to their community and have the resilience to face challenges to their mental health. Our mission is to change how Ireland thinks about young people’s mental health through the Jigsaw programme of service development, research and advocacy.

Jigsaw is a free accessible youth mental health service. We work with communities to strengthen supports for young people. There are currently five Jigsaw sites open in Donegal, Offaly, Galway, Roscommon and Meath. Six more sites will be open this year in Kerry, Tallaght, Clondalkin, Dublin 15, North Fingal and Limerick.


For further information you can contact Micheline Egan, our Director of Communications, on micheline.egan@headstrong.ie or 01 472 7047.