Schools (Primary, Post-Primary and Colleges):
We work in conjunction with the schools by offering talks to students on minding their mental health and well-being and providing relevant information to staff and students.
KYSS hosts series of free talks on mental health and well-being by guest speakers. For example;
Dr Chris Luke - A Little Nightclub Medicine; Caring for the Party Animals
Joanne O' Riordan - A Night with Joanne O' Riordan
John Lonergan and Caroline Crotty - Parenting; Raising Your Child in Ireland
Aisling Thompson - Physical and Mental Health Awareness
KYSS - Let's Talk; Open Discussion on Mental Health Awareness
John Lonergan and Caroline Crotty - Parenting; The Challenges and The Rewards
Edel Foley - Adolescent Development and Substance Abuse Issues in the 21st Century
Zelda Di Blasi - Positive Psychology applied to reduce stress and build resiliance amongst young people
Liam Docey - Parenting with Confidence
Sean O' Fallon - Dealing Effectively with Bullying
Conor Cusack - Mental Health and Well-being
Robert O' Connell - Minding Young People's Health; focusing on Anxiety
Liam Docey - Minding Young People's Health; focusing on Sexual Health
Brian Lennon - Minding Young People's Health; focusing on Cyberbullying and Bullying
What is a safeTALK? safeTALK is a training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that persons learning them will use them to reduce suicide risk in their communities. In conjunction with Breaking The Silence Cobh, 96 people have been trained to date in Safe Talk practices.
Darkness Into Light Walk:
KYSS hosts Darkness into Light 5km walk on May 11th every year at 4:15am on behalf of Pieta House. Symbolically this walk represents the therapeutic counselling journey. It sparks conversation about the importance of mental health and wellbeing in all our lives. The entry fees raised around the world allows Pieta House and their international charity partners to continue to deliver vital services.
The Mise (My Life) booklet has been adapted nationally by other organisations and by the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.