SUICIDE OR SURVIVE
We have come together to challenge the stigma that surrounds vulnerability and struggle – something we will all experience in our life. We come with good hearts, passion and determination. We come as individuals who believe suicide prevention is for all of us to tackle and all of us to own.
Kevin McPartlan – Chair of Directors
Kevin McPartlan is the CEO of Fuels for Ireland – the body representing companies which provide for more than half of the country’s energy needs.
Kevin was educated at UCC and the Honorable Society of Kings Inns. He previously led industry associations in the food sector and gave public affairs and communications counsel to start-ups. multinationals, NGOs and Governments.
Melissa Bosch – Director
Melissa is Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility strategist and advocate with over 10 years Financial Services experience. She strives for a world where equality, participation and belonging are valued, championed and celebrated. She has worked on a number of innovative and impactful strategic projects that resulted in significant positive change for marginalised groups.
Reason for involvement with SOS: “My ethos is seeded in the African philosophy of Ubuntu – the universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. I firmly believe that incredible things happen when people feel valued, empowered and included. Through my own journey of self-discovery and self-awareness I know that mental health is not something people can talk about comfortably. They feel it’s something to avoid. I believe that the programmes and support that SOS provides helps break-down those barriers, and encourages people to understand the bestway to manage their own mental well-being.Through education and breaking down the stigma we can help ourselves and others live a better quality of life. I’m privileged that in my roles I get to influence the systems and practices that support unlocking individual, community and organisational potential by striving for equality, empowerment and inclusion.“
Simon Daly – Director
Simon has worked in the Information Technology sector for 20 years, seeking to understand the challenges faced by organisations & to help those organisations understand how technology solutions can help to solve their issues, empower their employees, engage their customers & transform their services. Simon uses this experience to also help the charity sector & has been involved in volunteering & directly supporting many charities over the past 2 decades.
Reason for involvement in SOS:
“I feel that suicide & self harm is sadly all too common in our society. I have lost friends to suicide & rarely a month goes by without hearing another story of how friends or family have been tragically impacted. I first met Caroline around 2010 / 2011 & I was hugely impressed by her spirit, openness & her warmth. I was lucky enough to sponsor & attend some Wellness Workshops at that time & to really get to know Caroline & the wider SOS family. I have always loved the collaborative approach taken by SOS to promote their vision & to deliver their wonderful services & I’m hugely proud to have been considered for a role on the Board, through which I can play my part in breaking the stigma around suicide, self harm & mental health challenges & to contribute towards making our society better.”
Tracey Carney – Director
Tracey Carney is currently Director of Communications with Premier Publishing & Events and previous to that she worked as Events Director with Ashville Media Group. Tracey also lectures with Fitzwilliam Institute in event management and production, and the students run live fundraising events in aid of SOS each year.
Reason for involvement in SOS:
“I genuinely believe in the work SOS do, and I think it is so important to have a mental health plan, to know and expect bad days because no one is immune to them. Prevention through knowledge is key, and I love working with Caroline and the team they make everything fun and engaging.
A close friend of mine was affected by suicide when I was 18, at the time I did not have the tools or the language to help them, but thanks to SOS, I do now.
Having first heard of SOS when I got invited to the annual luncheon in 2013 – I have been back every year since it’s a great day. SOS quickly became my charity partner, and I tried to include them where I could, through my events and Fitzwilliam Institute, and it is an excellent fit for the students as they learn about mental health and gain live event experience”.
Aoife Ní Mhurchú – Director
Aoife has over 10 years’ experience HR Management, employee engagement, talent management and organisation development, design and change. She held senior HR positions in Topaz Energy Ltd (now known as Circle K Ireland) before taking up her current role as Head of HR for Sky Ireland in September 2016. Aoife is a Chartered member of the CIPD and holds a BA in Social Science from University College Dublin and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business studies from the National College of Ireland.
Reason for Involvement with SOS:
“I was first introduced to Suicide or Survive when a cross functional team in Sky choose SOS as their charity partner. Our ambition at the time was to try and change the culture that surrounds mental health in the workplace by specifically opening up more conversations around mental health, equipping managers to be more effective in dealing with mental health and ultimately breaking down the stigma that stops people seeking help when they might need it most. I have had the privilege to see firsthand the massive positive impact the partnership with SOS has delivered to Sky and our colleagues. I have also personally benefited from lots of learning through my varied conversations with the wonderful SOS team and from attending the various workshops and programmes. I was genuinely honored to be asked to join the Board of SOS as I truly believes in their ethos, values and work. There is a role to play for every single person in suicide prevention and being an active member of the SOS team is a small way for me to do my part”.
Mark Skinner – Director
Mark is Head of Learning and Development for Food Drink Ireland in Ibec; a role that involves developing learning interventions key to success of the Food and Drink industry. In addition to being a qualified Executive Coach, he also has an MBS from UCC, specialising in strategy, leadership and management. Mark is passionate about the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours, not only in terms of high performance and personal development but also in relation well-being and mental health.