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MindOut Mental Health programme launched

NYCI to roll out programme that improves mental wellbeing and coping skills in young people, launched by Minister Catherine Byrne today

MindOut Launch
Pictured with Minister Byrne (from left) Melvin Jumungal, Jason Dillon, Sadhbh Turner and Rachael Treanor. Credit: Marc O'Sullivan.

The Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne T.D. today (01.10.18) launched the MindOut programmes for the youth work sector and schools and announced that training in the programme will be provided to youth workers and teachers in over 26 locations across the country this Autumn.

The programme aims to improve the mental wellbeing and coping skills of young people aged 15-18. In out-of-school settings, it will be rolled out by the National Youth Health Programme, which is a partnership between the HSE, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) - which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people.

Speaking at the launch, Minister with responsibility for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne T.D., said “The MindOut Programme is an excellent resource offering support for young people in improving their social and emotional wellbeing. It has been developed in consultation with young people, teachers and youth workers, and the results to date are very encouraging. They show that the programme has a very positive impact in our schools and in the youth sector, helping young people to cope in difficult situations, improving their mental health, and enabling them to reach their potential, to think well and be well”.

Rachel Treanor, of the NYCI National Youth Health programme said:

“The MindOut programme has been proven to strengthen young peoples’ overall mental health and wellbeing, and is a welcome support to the great work carried out by youth workers, who engage with over 40,000 volunteers and 380,000 young people in out-of-school settings each year. They are ideally placed to work with these young people on improved social and emotional skills such as coping and emotional regulation, and reduced levels of stress and depression, including for the most vulnerable young people.”

The Minister ended by acknowledging the contribution of all involved in the development of the MindOut programme including young people, teachers, youth workers, The Centre for Health Promotion Research, NUIG, NEPS, HP&I, CAMHS, Jigsaw, NYCI, youth workers and Youthreach tutors.


Contact: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI: 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or

Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland

The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of Irish voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.

National Youth Health Programme
The National Youth Health Programme is a partnership between NYCI, the Health Service Executive and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.