"You've raised €100K ; they're cutting €12,000,000" It took a couple of hundred UCD students 6 months to raise over €100,000 for Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland but 10/158 TDs debate diverting €12,000,000 from Ireland's mental health services. This money was meant to employ more healthcare professionals. We have a staffing shortage problem at the centre of our mental health services. People in need are being told to go see their local GP. Money meant to shore up this staffing shortage is now going elsewhere because it wasn't spent in time. Hundreds of UCD students got together to raise €100,000 for suicide prevention. It’s incredibly disheartening to see a mountain of cash casually get diverted from mental health by just 10 TDs. We need to look at the situation here: we have one of the highest rates of youth suicide in Europe but depend largely on CHARITIES for a response rather than government. There’s not even a state authority to coordinate the charities working on this issue despite continuous calls to instate a Suicide Prevention Authority. Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland are one of the charities working to try and save lives in Ireland. They have got precisely €0 of state aid since 2007 despite a national School Visit programme aimed at early intervention. We’re helping them visit 72% more schools next year and provide 104 free hours of counselling to secondary school students because research shows early intervention is key. What could we have done with €12,000,000? Don't let this money go - come down and protest and stop it leaving. If it needs to be moved elsewhere but recruitment for administrative reasons, then let it be moved elsewhere IN THE MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET Join us at the Kildare Street Entrance to Dáil Éireann — 12.30pm, Thursday!
OVER €100,000 RAISED FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION SO FAR Funds raised by UCD students as part of our charity campaign for suicide prevention will pilot Free2Talk, a new suicide crisis counselling service for secondary schools in Ireland. This funding will also enable Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland to visit 150 more secondary schools next year - an increase of 70% You can read about our campaign at this link: www.ucdsu.ie/suicideprevention By texting YSPI UCD to 50300, you can also donate €4 and help us roll out the Free2Talk, a crisis counselling service for young people having suicidal thoughts. 100% of the text cost of €4 comes to Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland across most network providers. Some providers apply VAT which means a minimum of €3.26 will come to Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland.