Welcome to  HEADSUP Kildare

HEADSUP Kildare is an interagency programme managed in by County Kildare Leader Partnership. Originally a pilot project focusing on Kildare town, it was established as a county wide programme in June 2016 as recommended by an 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.

What's happening in HEADSUP Kildare?

HEADSUP Kildare are delighted to announce that we will be running a Pilot 4-Week HEADSUP Women's Programme in October 2022 in Newbridge. This is our first programme for women, and we hope to offer a full women's programme, following a successful pilot in October.

For more information, contact Deirdre 085 1068305 or Lorna 085 8421347

HEADSUP Kildare will be running our next 12-week programme in Kildare Town in September 2022. Contact Deirdre 085 1068305 or Lorna 085 8421347 for more information.

We are delighted to announce HEADSUP Kildare has been shortlisted in the  Health & Wellbeing category for the AONTAS STAR Awards 2022!

Now in its 16th year, the STAR Awards recognise outstanding work in adult and community education, and we are delighted to be nominated.

To find out more search: #STARAwards2022 or visit @AONTAS


HEADSUP Kildare Participants Online Dec 2021

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

Programmes in Kildare

Since Covid restrictions, we have had to adapt our programmes and thus have moved to a combination of online programme delivery and phone support.

However we are delighted to announce that our next programme takes place, face to face in Kildare Town, September 2022

Main Programme - 3 sessions per week for 12 weeks

Mini Programme - 1 session per week for 4 weeks

Individual phone support to all men who engage

HEADSUP Kildare Planning Day for team 16th September 2021

Meet the team

Deirdre Bigley
Deirdre Bigley is the HEADSUP Kildare Programme Coordinator since June 2021 and was the Life Planning Coordinator before that. She brings many years of experience to the role of both group facilitation working with adults and young people in a community and educational setting as well having a MA in Management in the not for profit sector. She passionately believes in the value of group work and its transformational power. Deirdre takes care of her mental health through singing in a chorus, escaping reality through reading, enjoying cooking for friends and she loves meeting up with friends
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Mary O'Halloran
Life Planning Coordinator
Mary O’Halloran is the HEADSUP Kildare Life Planning Coordinator. Mary started working with HEADSUP Kildare in 2021. Mary has a background as an educator and has a MA in Facilitation Skills in  Health and Wellbeing. She  has  worked in mental health education and promotion since 2018 including working with Aware, Mental Health Ireland, Shannon’s Hopeline, and HEADSUP Kildare.  This work has involved supporting both young people and adults in various settings, to develop their own awareness and skills around supporting their own mental health.  Mary takes care of her mental health by walking in nature, having a laugh with friends and listening to mindfulness audios.
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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. For her mental heath Lorna enjoys going for a walk, spending time with family and meeting up with friends.
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Wellbeing & Resilience Coordinator
Mental Health Wellbeing & Resilience Coordinator
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Upcoming Events in HEADSUP Kildare

HEADSUP Kildare is running a taster event during the AONTAS  Learner Festival. When not join us on March 10th In Athy Public Library from 2-4pm where we are going to be facilitating a conversation on our Mental Health & Wellbeing. All Welcome

HEADSUP Kildare is running a mini taster programme (online) every Monday 2-4pm for 4 weeks starting March 7th. If interested contact Deirdre 085 1068305 or Lorna 085 8421347 for more information.

HEADSUP Kildare will be running our next full programme in Athy May 2022. Contact Deirdre 085 1068305 or Lorna 085 8421347 for more information.

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HEADSUP South Dublin


Magdalena NiedzwiadekHEADSUP 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