Thursday 22 February 2018

Turn2me launches Ireland’s first online professional mental health service for 16-19 year olds

Concerns increase around teen mental health and suicide. We need to talk about this.

Teen suicide in Ireland is reaching alarming rates. According to new research from Unicef, Ireland has the fourth highest teen suicide rate in the EU/OECD region. There is also a worrying rise in self-reported mental health issues, indicating that teens themselves have concerns about their mental health.

turn2me aims to help, and has just launched an additional service: turn2me Youth. It’s estimated that 96 per cent of young people in Ireland own a smartphone and spend about 2-4 hours per day. So, why not talk to teens on their phones?

There is nothing like this in Ireland. turn2me Youth is an online safe place to talk that provides 16-19 year olds with access to a secure group chat environment, with professional counsellors facilitating the online group sessions.

To start with, young people can login to turn2me Youth from Sunday to Thursday and talk to a professionals and peers in a safe, secure and barrier-free online environment. Topics change each day.

Where did it all begin?

turn2me was set up in 2009 by Oisin and Diarmuid Scollard from Dublin, Ireland, who lost their brother Cormac, to suicide in 2003. They wanted to create a safe space for people to share, discuss and offload personal problems, find support and get useful information; something that Cormac did not have.

turn2me.org has provided a massive 6,000 hours of counselling to date, all delivered online.

turn2me Youth is a new addition to turn2me’s general service, aimed purely at teens between the ages of 16 and 19. The service will initially be running for an 8 week pilot, with thanks to the Coca Cola Thank You Fund. The turn2me team hope to see our Youth service expand into the long term with future funding.

So let’s get talking!. If you or someone you know, aged 16-19, wants to know more about mental health, is going through a tough time, or has concerns about their mental health, create a free account today.

You are not alone and you will be able to talk online, anonymously, in a secure and safe way, without fear.

Visit: turn2meyouth.ie

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