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.
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.
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.
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.
We will offer two programmes online:
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.
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.
HEADSUP South Dublin
South Dublin County Partnership.
4th Floor, County Hall, Belgard Square North,
HEADSUP Dublin 8-10-12Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership,
4 Drumfinn Park,
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.
Mental Health Ireland – 5 ways to well being