Mental Health First Aid course Leitrim

Mental health first aid is the help offered to a person who is developing a mental health problem or who is experiencing a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. It follows the model that has been successful with conventional first aid. Developed originally in Australia, Mental Health First Aid is now internationally recognised in over 23 countries and over 1 million people worldwide have been trained in Mental Health First Aid skills. Click on link below for details on upcoming course in Leitrim

MHFA Leitrim

Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Promotion 2019

PG Cert Mental Health FINAL X (1)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Promotion (1PHP1- Mental Health), developed jointly by Mental Health Ireland and NUI Galway, is designed for people who are interested in upskilling in the area of Mental Health Promotion. We welcome applicants from all different sectors (such as mental health, primary care, education, workplaces, nursing, social work, charity/community sectors) who wish to develop knowledge, skills and competencies of mental health promotion and its implementation in practice. The programme aims to provide participants with professional education and training in the principles and practice of promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

We have developed this programme to be accessible for working professionals. It is offered through blended learning with online materials, supported by face-to-face workshops (approx. 1 week-day/month for 1 year). The programme is coordinated by Professor Margaret Barry and Dr. Tuuli Kuosmanen and is starting this September. See the attached poster for further information about the course.

Mental Health Ireland offers financial support through the Tony Leahy Scholarship fund for people with lived experience to access this programme. The level of support will be dependent on the information contained in your application form. For more information on the scholarship please contact

For more information on the course please click here. You can also contact Tuuli or Denise in the Discipline of Health Promotion at NUIG for more information on the contents and application process – –


‘Understanding Self Harm’ training

For Whom:

The training is suitable for people who work with young people such as youth worker, teachers, residential care staff, Gardaí, and people in caring professions and parents, concerned members of the public, people who work in alcohol and addiction services, those who work with homeless people and people who work with those recovering from mental illness.


The aim of the programme is to:

* Develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of self-harm

* Develop participants’ knowledge of the reasons underlying self-harm behaviour

* Consider the needs of people who self-harm

Learning Outcomes:

The learning outcomes include:

* Improved knowledge, awareness and understanding of self-harm

  • what it is
  • what leads people to self-harm
  • its relationship to suicide

* Positive approaches to engaging with and caring for someone who self-harms

* Understanding of the prevalence of self-harm across different age groups and genders

* Familiarisation with the causes, reasons for and functions of self-harm

* Improved sensitivity and awareness of the needs of people who self-harm

* Awareness of treatments and helpful responses to people who self-harm


The programme involves an interactive style, including PowerPoint presentation, DVD clips, case study examples and small group discussions.

Forthcoming Training dates: 2018

Dates and venues for 2018 will be available in January 2018. Please check back for updates

Please note, some courses are currently at maximum capacity. For bookings or further information contact: Belinda Taylor, Health Promotion 071 9135061

Mind Your Mental Health workshops Leitrim Libraries

In association with Leitrim County Council Library Service and Healthy Ireland, Mind Your Mental Health workshops will be held throughout the Spring. Mind Your Mental Health is a mental health awareness workshop developed by Mental Health Ireland. It offers participants the opportunity to reflect on this important aspect of their lives and to learn different ways to enhance their own mental health and wellbeing.

SafeTalk Training 2018



What is SafeTALK?


SafeTALK is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.  These specific skills are called suicide first aid resources.  These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities.  Following a SafeTALK workshop you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.

Who should attend SafeTALK?


This training is suitable for everyone over 18 who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become suicide alert.


How is SafeTALK different from other Workshops?


SafeTALK is more than general awareness training.  You will be learning alertness skills.  It is not at the advanced stage of a two-day ASIST intervention workshop.

There is no charge for this training.

Training Dates 2018

Tuesday 17th April – Enniscrone – 10am until 1pm

Tuesday 8th May – Sligo – 10am until 1pm

Advanced Booking Essential

For bookings or more information please contact

     Belinda Taylor, Health Promotion Dept, 071 9135061




ASIST Training 2018

LivingWorksThe following 2-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Workshops are delivered free of charge to both professionals and members of the public by the Health Services. The aim of these Workshops is to increase awareness, develop skills and promote the prevention of suicide in our communities.


ASIST is a training course developed for both members of the public and professionals and particularly those people whose work brings them into contact with people who may be vulnerable or at risk of suicide.  This course is suitable for a broad range of people including, social workers, psychologists, care assistants, nurses, teachers, youth workers, GP’s, emergency medical technicians, home helps, childcare workers, public health nurses, the clergy, Gardai, community volunteers, mental health services staff…


Please note that ASIST is not recommended for any participant that has been personally bereaved or affected by a suicide in the previous twelve months.


ASIST training enhances people’s skills to intervene until either the immediate risk of suicide is reduced or additional support or resources can be found. The emphasis of the course is on   suicide first aid, on helping a person at risk stay safe and seek further help.



Forthcoming Training dates: 2018

  • 14th & 15th February – Sligo
  • 27th & 28th March – Carrick on Shannon
  • 19th & 20th June – Manorhamilton
  • 16th & 17th October – Sligo


Please note that the training is over two consecutive days and is from 9 am  – 5 pm. Advanced booking is essential.

For further information contact: Belinda Taylor, Health Promotion 071 9135061

ASIST                                                           HSE



Stress Control course

We all live in stressful times. Understanding how stress can impact on our lives and what we can do about it is key to strengthening our resilience and ability to cope.

logo-stress-controlStress Control is a free 6 session course to manage stress. It is for people who want to learn some great ways to control common problems such as anxiety, depression, panic, poor sleep, burnout, loss of confidence or low self-esteem (in other words, ‘stress’).

The six sessions consist of:

  • Week 1: Information about stress
  • Week 2: Controlling your body
  • Week 3: Controlling your thoughts
  • Week 4: Controlling your actions
  • Week 5: Controlling your panic, using your breathing to control stress, prevention skills and medication
  • Week 6: Controlling your sleep, Wellbeing and Controlling your Future
Start Date Time Venue
 Weds 4th October 2017 for 6 consecutive Weds  6pm – 7.30pm  Sligo Institute of Technology

For more details or to book a place contact Thomas in HSE Health Promotion Sligo on 071 9135908 or email . Everyone welcome, Advanced booking is essential!


Mental Health Awareness

Mental health and well-being are part of everyday life, and it is essential that people’s knowledge and awareness around mental health is continually increasing.

Educating people about the prevalence of mental health problems in Ireland is a key step in making mental health more relevant and important for people, while contributing to an improvement in attitudes and reducing stigma.

Mental Health Awareness talks can be delivered in a variety of settings including schools, workplaces or to community groups and can be tailored to suit your needs.

If you are interested in availing of mental health awareness training or to discuss further, please contact Rachel, Development Officer Sligo/Leitrim, Mental Health Ireland, on 071 9135901 or email


School Mental Health Programmes

There are a number of mental health promotion programmes which are used in schools in Sligo and Leitrim. These include MindOut in post-primary schools and Zippy’s Friends in primary schools.

Training for teachers on these programmes takes place during the school year. There are currently no training dates planned but information will be posted here when available.

Description of Programmes:


MindOut is a mental health promotion resource pack developed to address the mental health of Irish adolescents in a secondary school setting. MindOut takes a positive approach to the promotion of positive emotional health among young people. The emphasis is on the various ways young people might cope with stressful or difficult life events and challenges. MindOut consists of 12 sessions and is best delivered in the context of a wider SPHE Programme by teachers who have attended the training sessions. MindOut can also be used in other settings including Youthreach.


Zippy’s Friends

Zippy’s Friends is aimed at five to seven year olds of all abilities, teaches young children how to develop skills to cope with problems that may occur in adolescence and adulthood. It teaches them how to cope with everyday difficulties, to identify and talk about their feelings and to explore ways of dealing with them.