The ‘Mind Yourself’ Project is a suicide prevention and positive mental health project for young people in the HSE’s Dublin North East Region. The ‘Mind Yourself’ Project is run in partnership with the HSE through the National Suicide Research Foundation in Cork and is funded largely by the HSE’s Health Inequalities Fund. Running in schools and community organisations, this programme endeavours to show young people positive ways of problem solving and coping with difficult issues and situations.
The programme ran a pilot phase in counties Cavan/Monaghan in 2004/2005, and received additional funding in early 2006, when it was extended to provide the programme for schools and youth groups in Meath and Louth. The results of the pilot phase of the programme are very promising and the feedback from the young people involved has been very positive with over 90% indicating that they enjoyed the sessions and 84% stating that they found them useful.
As part of the research, a programme manual has been created and is being used with young people throughout Ireland and the UK, with further interest from some European countries. ‘Mind Yourself’ have also developed additional programmes for a range of other settings. For further information on these courses check out the ‘New programmes’ section of our website.