Will you be a Headstrong Hero for youth mental health?

March 01st 2016

On Saturday 16th April, All-Ireland Camogie Champion Ashling Thompson will be taking on a challenge to support the mental health of young people across Ireland. Ashling will leave her civilian attire, to reveal her Headstrong Hero costume. Along with a group of fellow brave heroes, she will take on the challenge of a lifetime. Ashling and her band of heroes will abseil off the top of Croke Park’s Hogan Stand to raise awareness and money for Headstrong’s work supporting the mental health of Ireland’s young people. One in three young people report feelings of depression and anxiety… Ashling Thompson, who is a Headstrong Ambassador, said: “With almost one in three young people being affected by feelings of depression and anxiety, good mental health for our young people is not a luxury, it’s absolutely essential. “The Headstrong Hero Abseil is a great event, raising both money and awareness of the work that Headstrong do to support the mental health of young people across Ireland. Headstrong work closely with young people and their communities to really understand how they feel and what they need to support them, they provide workshops and training to help in supporting our young people and their Jigsaw Service offers a space that young people can visit to feel better and get back on track.” The Charity Abseil has a target of raising more than 25,000 for Headstrong. The money will help Headstrong in changing how all of us in Ireland think about and respond to youth mental health, helping to support:
  • Research that helps to increase our understanding of the challenges that young people face and improve youth mental health services across Ireland.
  • Engagement with local communities through a programme of workshops and training to change the conversations about mental health from one of stigma and mental illness to one of openness and resilience.
  • Through the Jigsaw Service, Headstrong provides a place that young people can go to for free, confidential, brief mental health supports. There are Jigsaw Services currently located in ten communities from Donegal, Galway, Roscommon, Offaly, Kerry and North Fingal to Tallaght, Clondalkin, Dublin 15 and Meath. T
Will you be a Headstrong Hero? There is still time to register and take part in the Headstrong Hero Abseil on Saturday 16th April at Croke Park. You will need to pay a deposit of 50 to secure a place, and raise a minimum of 300 for Headstrong and Jigsaw. Visit headstrong.ie/abseil or contact the Headstrong team on 01 472 7054 for more details. Contact Matthew Oakes at Headstrong for more information: Telephone (01) 4727 010 or 089 2460 568. Email matthew.oakes@headstrong.ie - Editor’s notes – Photographs Pictures from the launch event can be downloaded for media use to promote the Headstrong Hero abseil only from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hs8mx8g94b2qqkz/AADU5LbCtR-dfa6ByK1jbsUha?dl=0 Caption details: Who From left to right: Seamus Hogan (Headstrong Youth Advisory Panel volunteer), Dylan Harnett (Headstrong Youth Advisory Panel volunteer), Ashling Thompson (Headstrong Ambassador and All-Ireland Champion), Meliha Gogic (Headstrong Youth Advisory Panel volunteer), and Alana Donnelly (Headstrong). What All Ireland Champion and Headstrong Ambassador, Ashling Thompson, joins a team of Headstrong volunteers to launch this year’s Headstrong Charity Abseil at Croke Park, which takes place on Saturday 16th April and aims to raise more than 25,000 to support the mental health of Ireland’s young people. Where Croke Park, Dublin When Tuesday 1st March Why The launch of this year’s Headstrong Charity Abseil at Croke Park, which takes place on Saturday 16th April and aims to raise more than 25,000 to support the mental health of Ireland’s young people. Registration is open online at headstrong.ie/abseil for those who wish to take part. What is the Headstrong Hero Abseil? This is the second year of the Headstrong Hero Abseil. On Saturday 16th April, 70 brave Heroes will be abseiling from the top of Croke Park’s Hogan stand to raise much needed funds and awareness for youth mental health. You can register to take part online by visiting headstrong.ie/abseil, or by contacting the Headstrong team on 01 472 7054 for more details. Who are Headstrong? 2016 marks ten years of Headstrong making a difference to the mental health of young people across Ireland:
  • Through Research we understand the challenges facing young people and use this to improve youth mental health services.
  • Through Engagement with local communities we change the conversations about mental health from one of stigma and mental illness to one of openness and resilience.
  • Through our Jigsaw Services we support young people to achieve better mental health and wellbeing.
Since our first Jigsaw opened we’ve supported the mental health of more than 14,000 young people across Ireland. As well as providing support through Jigsaw, our community workshops and training have reached more than 11,000 people in 2015 alone, including volunteers and professionals who work with young people, parents, and community leaders. These include sessions on how to support our young people with their mental health, and understanding some of the challenges they face. Find out more about the work we do at headstrong.ie - Ends -