HOW WILL PROJECT EILEEN HELP?
By normalising the topic of death, it is anticipated young people will find themselves in a better position to deal with any loss they will one day encounter, sometimes unexpectedly.
Address the stigma
For those who have not yet encountered death in their lives, it is hoped they will discover ways to respond to their friends who have been bereaved. In the future, this knowledge will enable them to offer support to colleagues, friends and relatives.
Combat isolation, loneliness and
encourage peer support
For young people who have been affected by death already in their lives, it is hoped it will help to reduce loneliness and feelings of isolation.
Reduce the development of mental health issues and complications
By opening up discussion and giving young people the chance to talk and, importantly, letting them know where they can find help if they need it.
When faced with the challenges of bereavement or supporting a friend who has been bereaved, it is hoped to help increase young people’s capacity to adapt in challenging circumstances and help build emotional resilience.
With the decline of arts education in schools, the Creative Version gives young people the potential to benefit from the restorative qualities creativity can bring to mental and physical health. A community spirit is encouraged by giving young people the power to work and create something together.
“We spend thousands of hours teaching our children on everything from physics, geometry, to the dreaded ‘sex education’ lessons. But not one hour of the school curriculum is devoted to that inescapable nature of our own mortality - how to deal with death. To be human is to be mortal. Project Eileen is a ground-breaking attempt to arm our children with a mechanism to break the social taboos around death.”
Author of My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die