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National Project PlanNational Project for 2011 – 2013 adopted.

Suicide Prevention and Positive Mental Health is the national project for 2011 – 2013. At the November, 2011 national council meeting there was a unanimous vote by the19 clubs present to adopt this project.  The project was proposed by S.I. Mullingar & District based on their current local project. President Sarah McCormack of that club and Catherine Brogan, HSE  Acting Director of the National Office for SuicideYou are not alone Prevention made the proposal presentation.

The project is a partnership project between Soroptimists Republic of Ireland, The Health Service Executive (HSE) and Mental Health Ireland.

The objectives of the project are:
To promote positive mental health with a particular focus on women and children and reduce the stigma associated with suicidal behaviour and emotional distress that exists among the general public. 

A key part to achieving this objective is to get appropriate information to the public. The Soroptimists will work with the HSE and Mental Health Associations and existing organisations in their area to assist their work in getting accurate information to the general public through:

  • The issue of the HSE/Mental Health information leaflets and
  • Organising events for the general public to attend where HSE approved personnel will  present on various mental health topics

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SIGBI Programme Award

Soroptimist ROI are proud and delighted to announce that they won the prize in the category “Food Security & Health” for their National Project on Positive Mental Health.

They shared the Overall Winners award in Programme Action with their  Sisters from India.

Congratulations to Sarah McCormack Soroptimists ROI National Project Co-ordinator, the National Office for Suicide Prevention HSE, Mental Heath Ireland, and all the organisations that participated, the communities that supported the project and especially the membership of Soroptimist International  throughout the country who educated themselves about the value of positive mental health and shared this learning with their communities.

Minister Kathleen Lynch acknowledges our National Project

When Minister Kathleen Lynch invited us to Leinster House recently we were delighted to accept.

The privileged Soroptimists representatives who met with Minister Lynch were National President Noreen, Sarah the National Project Co-ordinator, Barbara who was National President when the project started in 2011, Anne who supported the project during her presidency in 2012 , and Helen who is the current president of Mullingar and District, where the project initiated  in 2010. 

As we introduced ourselves to the Minister she was trilled to see us all wearing the Mental Health Green Ribbon. The Minister kindly indulged us in a few photographs which was great fun. A key point of interest for the Minister was the youth support card that we had developed during the project. The design of the picture for this card having come from a student in Loretto College Mullingar as part of an art competition captured the Ministers attention with its bright red colouring and a lovely caring embrace giving the message “You are Not Alone”.

The Minister invited us to her office where we were joined by a member of the Mental Health Unit in the Department of Health for a lengthy discussion about the work of the Soroptimist on the project over the last two years. The Minister was very interested in our partnership with the HSE and Mental Health Ireland and how we ensure consistent messages of hope to the community.

The Minister was delighted to hear of the many events we had held, the stories we had been told from people impacted by suicide and how people welcomed getting information leaflets from organisations like ourselves rather than having to visit Health Centres or GPs – we gave her the message that we had learned “ that people wanted information to be made more freely available like having the booklets and leaflets available in Post Offices, Banks, Shopping Centres etc”.

The Minister focused and reflected on how people like the simple but effective Mental Health Ireland booklet “Don’t let the Tensions get to you” and Ten Tips for Building Resilience for positive mental health.

This was truly a great acknowledgement of the work of Soroptimists.

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