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Booklet for youth launched

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:54pm

A new publication outlining the range of mental health supports available to young people was launched on Leeside this week.

The Youth Mental Health Resource booklet is a Connecting for Life Cork project, which aims to reduce suicide and self-harm across Cork.

The booklet is targeted at young people aged 15 and over and is based on information gathered by Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS).

It features details about services that are available across the city and county which support young people and families.

Martin Ryan, the Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, said: “This booklet brings together information in a format that is accessible to all. We hope that the booklet will also be a useful resource for adults and those working with young people in their everyday work.”

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn launched the booklet at City Hall on Tuesday and said that it, along with other resources produced by various youth organisations, is part of an ongoing effort to alert young people to the supports that are available to them.

He added: “I encourage all youth groups and organisation, as well as all secondary schools in the city and county, to ensure this information gets to its target population.”

Head of Mental Health Services for Cork and Kerry Sinead Glennon attended the launch, and thanked those contributed to the booklet.

She said: “Connecting for Life Cork is a cross-community plan which recognises that suicide reduction is everyone’s business. That cross-community approach was very evident in the development of this valuable resource, which Cork Kerry Community Healthcare was delighted to spearhead and fund.”

The booklet, available from martin.ryan8@hse.ie, will be distributed to local youth organisations, schools and local networks.

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