Transition Year Programme

Our Transition Year (TY) Programme is a one-week mental health awareness placement, conducted by clinical staff from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.

About the programme

About the programme

Every year, 100 students from across Ireland take part in the TY Programme, with 25 students participating in a week-long placement at a time.

Students engage in approximately five sessions each day, focusing on various aspects of mental health. They also get to take part in a mock multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting.

Each May, we mark the graduation of students who have completed the programme, hearing from special guest speakers and giving out graduation certificates to each of the students, who leave the programme empowered to act as mental health ambassadors in both their schools and local communities.

2022/23 programme

The next TY Programme takes place over five separate week-long placements across the 2022/23 academic year. It is hoped to run a hybrid TY Programme with students attending in person on site in St Patrick’s University Hospital on James’ Street Dublin 8, and online for the remaining three days. Details will be confirmed closer to the time.

Applications for the 2022/23 programme are now open. We are accepting applications directly from students and applications from parents and teachers on behalf of students.

Please note that due to the high number of applications, students may be asked to outline why they are interested in attending the TY Programme to assess distribution of places.

Applications can be submitted by emailing amcardle@stpatsmail.com with the following information: 

1. Student Name:
2. Student Date of Birth:
3. Parent Email:
4. School Name:
5. School Address:
6. TY Coordinator Name:
7. TY Coordinator Email:

The deadline for applications is Friday, 29 July 2022. 

 

  • What does the programme cover?

    The programme includes lots of different, interactive sessions which are designed to give students a full and engaging experience.

    Each placement aims to give students firsthand insight into mental healthcare. They begin with students being brought on a virtual tour of St Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin 8. Throughout their dedicated week, students also:

    We work closely with students throughout the week to help build their mental health awareness and see them return to their schools as mental health champions.

  • When does the programme run?

    The next TY Programme takes place over the five weeks below.

    • 7-11 November 2022
    • 21-25 November 2022
    • 16-20 January 2023
    • 6-10 February 2023
    • 20-24 February 2023

     

  • Who can apply?

    We are accepting applications directly from students and applications from parents and teachers on behalf of students.

    Teachers and TY Coordinators can also apply for a general place on the programme which can then be assigned to a student in their school at a later point. A deadline for confirming the name of the student will be set ahead of the programme starting.

    Please note that due to the high number of applications, students may be asked to outline why they are interested in attending the TY Programme to assess distribution of places.  

  • How do I submit an application?

    To apply, please email our Project Manager, Amanda McArdle, at amcardle@stpatsmail.com, providing the relevant details as listed below.

    If you are applying for a place for a particular student, please provide information for all the fields below:

    • Student name
    • Student date of birth
    • Parent or guardian email
    • School name
    • School address
    • TY Coordinator name
    • TY Coordinator email.

    If you are a teacher or TY Coordinator applying for a place on the programme which will be assigned to a student at a later time, please provide the information below:

    • School name
    • School address
    • TY Coordinator name
    • TY Coordinator email.

     

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See a student's experience of the programme

See a student's experience of the programme

This is a photograph of student Freya Feeney who took part in the TY Programme in 2020.

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