Welcome to  HEADSUP Kildare

HEADSUP Kildare is an interagency programme managed in by County Kildare Leader Partnership. Originally a pilot project focussing on Kildare town, it was established as a county wide programme in June 2016 as recommended by the external evaluation. It supports men in distress through the delivery of a wide range of programmes and initiatives across the county. The programmes aim to help develop the participants’ resilience and assist them to engage with local education, employment and mental health services so that they can be supported to improve their current circumstances. Programmes are provided across Kildare in areas including, Newbridge, Athy, Allenwood, Celbridge, Kildare town, Maynooth and Naas.

Interagency Advisory Group, IAG

HEADSUP Kildare is overseen by a broad range of representatives from sixteen statutory and community organisations.  The IAG supports the development and the direction of the programme, inline with the principles, pillars and work practices locally, with the participants as the centre of the programme. The IAG’s role is to ensure best practice is adhered to, strong governance and provides guidance and expertise to the programme.

2017 - Official Launch HEADSUP Kildare (L-R)Peter Carey - Kildare County Council, Mayor Ivan Keatley, Minister Helen Mc Entee and Niamh Keaveney - Manager HEADSUP Kildare (2015 - April 2021)

The pilot project (March 2015 – May 2016)  developed in Kildare town demonstrated considerable success in reaching a priority target group of "Connecting for Life" - rural, middle aged socially isolated men,      improved men's mental health, increased confidence and self esteem and thereby reduced their vulnerability to suicide.

HEADSUP Kildare online February 2021

Thumbs Up from our participants on Programme 16 Maynooth with Eric Donovan Boxercise & Fitness and John Doran Kildare Sports Partnership

Programmes in Kildare

We have delivered sixty programmes across the county to men. Since Covid restrictions, we have had to adapt our programmes and thus have moved to a combination of online programme delivery and phone support.

Our next programme takes place in Newbridge (online) -  September 2021

We will offer two programmes online:

  1. Main Programme - 3 sessions per week for 12 weeks
  2. Mini Programme - 1 session per week for 4 weeks
  3. Individual phone support to all men who engage

Our next full programme will be held in Newbridge (online) in September 2021. Please get in touch for more information (Call Deirdre 085 1068305) or send in referral form.

HEADSUP Kildare Planning Day for team 16th September 2021

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Meet the team

Deirdre Bigley
Deirdre Bigley is the HEADSUP Kildare Programme Coordinator since June 2021 and was the Life Planning Coordinator of the HEADSUp Kildare programme since January 2018 and during that time she has ran 8 full Heads Up programmes for Kildare and several mini programmes.
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Sinead O'Kane
Mental Health, Wellbeing & Resilience Coordinator
Sinead O'Kane is the Mental Health, Wellbeing & Resilience Coordinator with Heads Up Kildare. Sinead started working with Heads Up Kildare in October 2020.
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Lorna McNamee
Lorna McNamee is the Administrator for HEADSUP Kildare. Lorna started working with HEADSUP Kildare in June 2017 and brings her many years of administrative experience
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Events in HEADSUP Kildare

The below section details all of events we've run to date. You can follow our social pages for more information on these fun events.

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HEADSUP South Dublin


Alan Kavanagh
HEADSUP South Dublin
South Dublin County Partnership.
4th Floor, County Hall, Belgard Square North,
Dublin 24
D24 A3XC 

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HEADSUP Dublin 8-10-12


Tom Conroy
HEADSUP Dublin 8-10-12
Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership,
4 Drumfinn Park,
Dublin 10
D10 AY66

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Deirdre Bigley
HEADSUP Kildare,
Jigginstown Commercial Centre,
Old Limerick Rd.
Co. Kildare.
W91 A2XE  

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If you, or someone you know is in crisis and needs support, please call or access the following link for helplines:
Mental health supports and helplines during Covid19

Due to Covid19 safety measures we have adapted our way of supporting to keep people safe and well. As such, we are presently delivering the Heads Up programme via Zoom and are offering psychosocial support over the phone when required. We look forward to meeting up again in person as soon as it is safe to do so until then please contact us for further information about upcoming programmes online.
Take care.”

Mental Health Ireland – 5 ways to well being