Thursday 19 October 2017

Pieta House launches teen resilience initiative

RTÉ’s Bryan Dobson launched the Pieta House Resilience Academy in Dublin. Photo: Mark Stedman
RTÉ’s Bryan Dobson launched the Pieta House Resilience Academy in Dublin. Photo: Mark Stedman
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Teenagers are to be trained in coping skills and how to develop inner resilience in a new six-week course offered by mental health charity Pieta House.

The course, from the Pieta House Resilience Academy, has already been successfully piloted.

It has shown positive results in helping young people develop tools to deal with upset and setbacks.

The charity said last year it provided support to over 1,000 teenagers who were in mental distress and that it has seen a big rise in the number of under-18s who were at risk of suicide or self-harm in the last five years.

RTÉ newscaster Bryan Dobson, who launched the programme, said this kind of course is welcome in light of news stories which highlight the need for better mental health among many young people.

2FM presenter Eoghan McDermott said: "Resilience is something that everyone just expects you to be able to develop by yourself.

"But most of us need a little help. And by allowing students to choose the topics most relevant to them, the Resilience Academy gives young people those vitally important tools and resources."

Irish Independent

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