The Mind Ur Buddy training programme is a subsection of Pieta House’s overall “Mind Our Men” campaign. It is a programme designed to educate and equip people to spot the signs when someone is in suicidal crisis - Pieta House train designated people from within an organisation to be the link between a person in distress and Pieta House.
Research indicates that people who are feeling vulnerable or who have suicidal ideation show outward signs of their distress. Who would notice this more than a team-mate, family member or friend?
Instead of encouraging the distressed person to look for help Pieta House suggest that the help should be sought by the friend or family member on their behalf. Pieta House also believed that a peer was more likely to not only spot the changes in behaviour of another peer, but would also more than likely be told the truth if they enquired about their friends’ distress. This is where the idea of Mind Ur Buddy came from.
The Mind Ur Buddy campaign will work to create a direct pathway between members of GAA clubs and communities to Pieta House. Each club is asked to identify up to four members deemed suitable for this programme who would match the following criteria: peer level preferably, a natural go-to person, non-judgemental and discreet, compassionate and Caring, willing to make a difference.
Once suitable people are identified, Pieta House will train them ‘The Pieta Way’. This will enable them to identify the most common signs, symptoms and triggers of suicide and also give them the tools and confidence to engage with someone in distress to be a ‘short term helper’.
Pieta House will provide each club with educational material such as posters and material to be shared on social media platforms. This includes videos, tweets and Facebook posts while each region will have a dedicated telephone line and therapist who will understand the culture of the organisation.
If your club wishes to participate please contact David Mitchell: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 621 9371.