Inviting Clubs and Associations 

Be a ‘Buddy’ in your Community.

Covid -19 is leaving a lasting legacy in the area of mental health.  Increased stress, anxiety and depression are all side-effects. For some people this translates to feelings of hopelessness, despair and even suicidal thoughts.

According to the World Health Organisation communities can play a pivotal role in preventing suicide and are in a powerful position to mobilise themselves in support of the individuals affected.  Research shows that the greatest impact is made when support is provided locally by people and organisations who are part of the communities they serve.

To this end Cycle Against Suicide is working to create and promote ‘Buddy Communities’ across Ireland. ‘Buddy Communities’ will be equipped with trained personnel locally to provide free, ongoing support for those in their communities who may be struggling and need help to cope and improve their quality of life.

Cycle Against Suicide is inviting community clubs and associations to complete our free ‘Community Buddy’ Programme and be trained to provide ‘Buddy’ support in their community.

About the Community Buddy Programme 

The Cycle Against Suicide Buddy Programme prioritises peer-to-peer action as a means to identify and help those who may be vulnerable.  Our programme trains and equips participants with the practical, hands-on skills and knowledge they need to deliver support  to those in mental health distress in their local communities.  

Join with us

Our aim is to train and deploy ‘Community Buddies’ across Ireland.  We invite local clubs and associations that have personnel who are already Garda vetted to nominate themselves to complete our ‘Community Buddy’ training programme. This training, delivered over 2 days or 4 evenings, is free of charge for your club/association and will equip you to provide much-needed support for those in your community who maybe struggling with mental health distress.

    For individuals who would like to be trained as a Buddy for their community but are not garda vetted with a local club or association, vou can complete Cycle Against Suicide's garda vetting process. Please register full details here
  • This programme comprises 2 full days of training. Please indicate the most suitable training times for you.

 

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