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Mind Skills offers community based training for mental health & suicide prevention

Suicide is preventable

Suicide is preventable.  As a society, we have a responsibility to ensure that young people, adults, teachers, parents and carers alike, within our community, have the opportunity to discuss the subject of mental health in an open, frank and honest way. We want to inspire, motivate and educate people with our positive message.  So how do we help? And can you help, too? Please take the time to read about the work that Mind Skills Training does.

Mental Health Matters

Mindskills Training was developed out of a desire to help those suffering with their mental health or with the impact of suicide. Since its inception, we have worked hard to provide support where it's most needed.

Dr. James Galezewski

Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor

Teresa Cahoon McKenna

Dr. Kathleen Murphy

Psy.D

Orla Crummey

Philip McTaggarts Story

Prior to his son’s death from suicide in 2003, Phillip McTaggart was a hard working builder whose sole purpose in life was to provide for his family. He was utterly devastated when his seventeen-year-old son (PIP) ended his own life. Traumatised and grief-stricken after this heart-breaking loss, he battled with guilt as he tried to understand what had led to his son’s death. But no answers were easily forthcoming. Whilst seeking help and guidance, he soon realised that suicide was a taboo subject that many people shied away from.

Philip founded PIPS (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self-harm) in 2003, a few short weeks after his son’s death, and further helped set up two dedicated prevention centres in North Belfast. Having completed a ‘Train the Trainer’ course at Kingston College in Dublin and a ‘Personal and Business Life Coach’ course he then set about creating awareness in the local community about the causes and repercussions of suicide and mental health. Over time, he also travelled around Ireland, London, Boston, Chicago and Paris to highlight the issues of suicide and to promote positive mental health, encouraging people to break down the barriers and stigma, which stop people from seeking help.

One of the proudest achievements for Philip and other family members was setting up the suicide implementation strategy named ‘Protect Life’, Lifeline and the card before you leave.

Phillip is dedicated to helping save lives by preventing suicides. It is his vocation to encourage people of all ages to seek help and talk about how they feel.

He wants to share his experience and the training he has built up over the years because he genuinely believes he can help make the community a safer and better place to live.

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109 reviews
Lynn Wade
1 week ago

attended training recently, extremely worth while and eye opening experience, puts mental health to forefront of thinking.
look after yourself first and foremost, then you'll be in a good place to help others. Thank you Philip.

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Ciara Kilfeather
2 weeks ago

Attended a talk ran by Phil today when he visited Santander. To find the words to describe how impactful he was is difficult. His story was such a powerful one and he had everyone listening intently for the full hour. Such great tips and tools...

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Amanda Irvine
2 weeks ago

This week we were very privilaged to have Philip come speak at Santander.
Over 70 of our employees attended and the feedback was amazing, his story and talk touched every single person in some way.
Hope to organise further sessions in the future.

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if you want Mental Health & suicide awareness Training in Belfast

Phone:

07732 350 325

Lifeline:

0808 808 8000

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