Health & Wellbeing
In the next 5 years, to build core life-skills in young people and foster positive mental, emotional and physical well-being.
The problem our funding addresses
Daily, our children face physical, emotional and mental health challenges. Serious mental health problems, self-harm and suicide are far too prevalent among our youngest.
According to the 2016 Census,
In 2015, Ireland had the seventh highest rate of youth suicide (aged 15-19) across 33 countries.
One in ten 17/18 year olds said that they had no adult to whom they could turn for help and advice. Students experiencing homelessness present with a number of visible mental health issues, including high levels of anxiety, self-stigma, embarrassment and low levels of self-esteem. The depression rate of 26% for female early school leavers is the second highest in the OECD and the depression figure for early school leaving males is 21%, twice the OECD average.
The solution our funding provides
The Irish Youth Foundation will identify evidence-based and dynamic programmes that deliver measurable results. In the next 5 years, we will:
Fund smart and innovative programmes
and mentally healthy.