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
- 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.