The aim of the project is to create awareness among the Traveller community about suicide and support the development of responses locally, regionally, and nationally, and in so doing reduce the rate of suicide in the Traveller community. The project also aims to reduce the number of Traveller suicides over the next 10 years and reduce the stigma around mental health and suicide in the Traveller community. This will be done through training and group work.
A National Training programme for Traveller men will be rolled out in 2013.
The aim of this training is to provide learners with prevention, intervention and postvention initiatives using a community development approach to the subject of positive mental health and suicide.
At the end of this training learners will be able to:
- Identify what is mental health
- Identify and work with non-Traveller projects to develop appropriate responses in prevention
- Have skills to make appropriate interventions in crisis situations
- Identify and work with non-Traveller projects to develop appropriate responses in postvention which are culturally appropriate