SUICIDE OR SURVIVE
Mental Health and Wellness Programmes ideal for individuals
Frequently Asked Questions for Individuals
Hopefully we can answer your questions here, but feel free to use the Contact Form if we can be of more help.
Tell me about SOS
Suicide or Survive is a charity that was set up in 2003 by Caroline McGuigan to fill some of the gaps she experienced in the services provided to her following her own suicide attempt and in service gaps identified by others.
What is unique about SOS?
There are lots of things that are unique about SOS. In terms of service delivery one of our main unique points is that service users are involved in the design and delivery of all of our programmes. The organisation is led by a CEO and founder with lived experience of mental health difficulties and suicide and she is involved in the direct delivery of all of our programmes. Another unique feature is that while we are passionate about reaching as many people as possible our aim is to expand our services rather than our organisation for example we are currently piloting a licensing system for our Eden Programme whereby community based organisations can run the programme themselves in their own community. We always work in partnership with communities and corporations as we believe that it is only by working together with others that we can achieve our aim.
What kind of programmes do you run
We run three main programmes all aimed at helping people to develop the tools, techniques and skills they need to manage and maintain their own mental health. The Eden Programme is specifically for people who have made a suicide attempt or are experiencing suicidal thoughts and aims to help them learn to manage their own mental health and to move away from suicide as an option of first choice in times of crisis. The Wellness Workshop and WRAP programmes are aimed at the general public and help people to develop skills, tools and techniques to take control of their own mental wellness. We also deliver Workplace mental health training in partnership with See Change and are involved in a wide range of stigma reduction and other mental health and wellness promotion activities nationwide
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The mission of SOS is “to challenge the stigma attached to mental illness and provide a range of educational and therapeutic programmes that increase understanding of suicide and play an active role in its prevention in Ireland” (Suicide or Survive 2012)