School Resources

FAST Campaign resources to support learning in your school

The Irish Heart Foundation has created a resource pack aimed at providing transition year students with the tools they need to raise awareness of the F.A.S.T message in their school. The pack will help students to recognise the signs and symptoms of a stroke and give them the confidence to ACT FAST.

We’ve made the programme flexible for use; you might like to use it as a standalone lesson, as a project for TY, Gaisce or as part of Wellbeing.

This resource pack contains:

These resources were designed with our Youth Advisory Panel.

Download your school resources below.

"Act FAST, it does save lives."

Shannonree Maher - Young Stroke Survivor

FAST Campaign Resources

"The symptoms of stroke can be completely reversed and cured if you get to treatment within the first few hours,"

Dr John Thornton, Director of the National Thrombectomy Service, Beaumont Hospital Dublin

The Irish Heart Foundation with the support of the Government of Ireland has launched a new F.A.S.T campaign to raise awareness of the signs of stroke and the importance of receiving immediate medical treatment.

Stroke is a brain attack, a medical emergency. It is vital to act F.A.S.T by calling 112 or 999 if you recognise the signs of stroke.

F.A.S.T stands for: Face has the person’s face drooped to one side? Arms can they raise their arms? Speech is their speech slurred and Time it’s time to call 112 or 999.

Time is brain. The quicker you act the more of the person you save and the better their chances of making a full recovery.

Effective treatments for stroke are hugely time dependent. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been shown that people have been slow to attend hospital for non-coronavirus issues such as stroke. With your help, this new F.A.S.T campaign by the Irish Heart Foundation and the Government of Ireland aims to counter this trend and save lives.