Following on from our successful Student Leaders Congress, which was attended by 4,000 secondary school pupils, Cycle Against Suicide is now seeking to engage with third-level students across the island of Ireland through our University Programme.
Our Volunteers Officer, Colin Bradley is busy drafting the programme which will be rolled out in universities and colleges throughout the country in February and March 2014. If you are interested in coordinating the programme in your university, please do get in touch, we would be delighted to hear from you!
Our goals in this new programme remain the same, to promote help-seeking behaviour and to break the stigma attached to mental health in Ireland. Through our new programme, we are hoping to engage with all aspects of campus life, from Student Health and Student Counselling, to the Students Union, from academic staff to administrative staff, and of course the students themselves – the lifeblood of the university, and the leaders of tomorrow.
The Cycle Against Suicide team will be in University College Cork on Thursday 27th February for the launch of our University Programme for 2014. We will have a stand on campus between 11am and 3pm on the day, providing information and promoting our core message that it’s ok to not feel ok, and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help. University College Cork has a proven record of positively engaging with non-academic student life, having already launched UCC Health Matters, and UCC Operation Transformation, so we are delighted to have our launch on this vibrant campus.
After the launch, we will be rolling out our campaign countrywide, engaging with campuses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, conveying our core message to as many students as possible.
For more information on the University Programme or to become involved, please email colin.bradley@cycleagainstsuicide. Colin will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland.