This year, Cycle Against Suicide has developed our e-learning platform to enable schools to continue with our programme and the SPHE curriculum with bespoke exercises should schools go into lockdown. Currently we have 400 schools participating on the programme. It is free for all schools to participate. All participating schools receive hard copies of all toolkits (resource books).
Our secondary schools' programme - HEADSTRONG, is peer to peer education, designed as a whole school approach to mental health. This programme supports mental health education in schools. Reduces stigma, promotes resilience and fosters a sense of belonging among young people.
Cycle Against Suicide schools' programme can be used as part of a schools' self-evaluation process (SSE) in the area of wellbeing. Additionally, teachers will be given access to a series of lesson plans and exercises. These can be used with TY, fifth and sixth year students in such classes as Guidance and SPHE as well as cross circular and outside of class. This programme also promotes the indicators of wellbeing in junior Cycle: Active, Responsible, Connected, Resilient, Respected, Aware. Each of the themes of our programme and the activities used to promote them can also be aligned with the 400 hours of wellbeing in classes such as SPHE, CSPE, PE and other relevant short courses.
Our programme is supported by our e-learning platform along with toolkits to enable the effective training in and delivery of the programme. Should a second lockdown of schools be necessary, our e-learning platform allows for the continuation of our programme with students accessing and completing exercises from home.
Further details including registration is available at: http://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/get-involved/schools/