Eden Programme

What is the Eden Programme?

The Eden Programme is unprecedented in Ireland and is both unique and creative in its approach. The Eden Programme was established by SOS to provide a safe space for those in need who have attempted suicide or have had suicidal thoughts. It provides a supportive weekly group environment over a 6 monthly period in which up to ten to twelve participants per programme become more aware of their own psychological states and can develop tools to manage their own wellness, a range of supports in their own community and can move away from suicide as an option of first choice in times of crisis.

Why The Eden Programme

The Eden Programme is an in-depth programme which recognises that for an individual to look at the possibility of life rather than death will take time. That is why this programme is confidential and closed, and runs for 26 weeks. Anyone who has attempted suicide or has had suicidal thoughts can apply to be part of this six-month programme. Places are limited and an assessment is part of the procedure for group formation.

Eden Programme Upcoming Events

If you would like to come along to one of our Eden Programmes but don’t see a date suitable below – please register your interest below and we will keep you informed on upcoming Eden Programmes in your community!

Eden Programme Information

The programme runs over 26 weeks and participants will take away:

  • Empower participants to make appropriate choices in terms of their day to day lives and more particularly in times of emotional crisis
  • Reduce the potential of death by suicide by the participants
  • Increase awareness of suicide and suicide prevention while also addressing the stigma that exists around mental ill health.

To apply for a place on the Eden programme please contact us on or 1890 577 577. Places are limited so early application is advisable.

The transferability of the Eden Programme on license to the HSE National Counselling Service in CHO2 was evaluated by DCU in 2016. You can read the full evaluation report here, or a summary of the key findings here

The ten-year lifespan of the Eden Programme has been evaluated by DCU. * You can read the full evaluation report here, or a summary of the key findings here.

Connecting For LifeThe Eden Programme is in line with Strategic Goals 1 and 3 of Connecting for Life: Goal 1: To improve the nation’s understanding of, and attitudes to, suicidal behaviour, mental health and wellbeing; Goal 3: To target approaches to reduce suicidal behaviour and improve mental health among priority groups. This programme is run to the highest standards of practice and service delivery and is underpinned by an evaluation framework as required by ‘Connecting for Life’.
For Information on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy of Ireland click on the Connecting for Life Logo