SUICIDE OR SURVIVE

SOS Facilitators

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.

Brian Kelly 

Brian is an Eden Programme Co-ordinator & Wellness Workshop Facilitator. Keith is Husband, a Dad, a Grandad and a qualified reality Therapist, Life and Business Coach, Adult Guidance Counsellor, Founder and CEO of the Hope Centre in Crumlin, Dublin. He is passionate about people having both the opportunity and support to achieve everything that is possible to them and has worked in the area of Mental Health in the non-profit sector for over 23 years. His values and belief in the ability of every human being to experience recovery and live a full and fruitful life motivate his work with SOS.

Reason for involvement in SOS: “My reasons for working with SOS are simple and compelling. I met Caroline several years ago through a mutual friend. Her passion for life and her compassion for people touched me, her life story inspired me and her values matched what I have tried to live and work by for over twenty years. To work with SOS fits and I am grateful for the opportunity to be working alongside people who simply care.”

Patricia Allen-Garrett

BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy (MISHIP, ECP)

Patricia has worked as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist since 2006. She joined SOS in 2010 as an Eden Programme Facilitator and has worked on many Eden programmes since then. She also facilitates the Supporters Programme and Wellness Workshops.

She is passionate and works extensively in the field of trauma and provides training for mental health professionals in trauma and trauma-informed care as well as lecturing on it. She is part of a national working group tasked with producing a guidance document on trauma-informed care in Ireland as part of ‘Sharing the Vision’ – Ireland’s policy framework for the continued development and enhancement of mental health services. 

Patricia has also been involved in the training of counsellors since 2008 and works as a core tutor and lecturer on a Masters course in Counselling and Psychotherapy in Dublin. Additionally, She works with a diverse range of organisations providing workshops and webinars on different aspects of wellness, mental health and the Psychology of Happiness.

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    Anne Callanan

    Anne is a Psychotherapist working in the HSE West EAP service. She first attended WRAP as a participant in 2014 when she first fell in love with the programme.  

    She trained as a WRAP facilitator as soon as she could and has the privilege of facilitating programmes since 2016. Anne is committed to delivering the WRAP programme to HSE West staff every year.

    For her own wellness, Anne spends as much time as she can in the woods in south Galway and as an occasional treat her family let her loose in the Burren. She has aspirations to become an all-weather sea swimmer.

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      Keith Kelly

      Keith has been involved with SOS for several years. He started out initially fundraising and volunteering. Keith participated in SOS programmes and found they really worked for him. Since then, Keith has skilled up as a facilitator and has been delivering WRAP programmes and Wellness Workshops around the country for the past few years.

      Keith has a Diploma in Counselling Skills from Maynooth University and an Advanced Diploma in Mental Health and Wellbeing Life Coach from Kingstown College Dún Laoghaire. 

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        Bríd O’Meara

        Bríd is our National Eden Programme Manager. She has worked in mental health all of her working life. Bríd is an accredited integrative psychotherapist, a registered psychiatric and general trained nurse and has held senior nursing and management positions in mental health services including Saint John of God Hospital Limited and National Mental Health Charity, Aware.

        Bríd is passionate about educating and empowering people to care for their own mental health, and assisting in changing and normalising attitudes and beliefs about mental health and wellbeing.

        Outside of work, Bríd loves music, gardening and spending time outdoors with her dog.

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          Beverly Webster

          Bev Webster is a Psychotherapist and Personal and Executive Coach working for over 25 years to help individuals more effectively manage their health and performance while supporting organisations to develop more inclusive and open workplace cultures. 

          Bev’s qualifications include a Master’s degree in Pluralistic Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, A Master’s degree in Disability Management, an Advanced Diploma in Personal and Executive Coaching and she is a qualified Emotional Intelligence Assessor. 

          Prior to specialising in mental health, Bev was a recognised expert in retention for ill/injured employees. She established the first Vocational Return to Work Case Management service in Ireland and she spoke Internationally and in Ireland on Return to Work and Job retention, including The Sunday Business Post Summit on Occupational Health and Safety. 

          Bev currently focuses on facilitating our Corporate offerings and over the last 9 years has also facilitated our Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) programme, Wellness Workshops and our Supporters programme.

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            Helen O’Driscoll

              Helen has over 30 years of experience working in various workplace settings as a healthcare professional. Starting her career in the nursing medical field, she moved on to specialise in the Intensive Care Unit, working in  Cardiac Care, Burns, Respiratory, Paediatric and General Intensive Care Unit, in the UK, Ireland and the Middle East. 
               
              Because of Helen’s life-long passion and commitment to individual well being and deep curiosity about body-mind medicine, Helen trained to be a master practitioner in Reiki, Neuro Linguistic Practitioner (NLP – Master), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT – Level 3) and integrated Energy Therapist (IET – Level 3). She has completed the Mindfullness Based Stressed Reduction (MBSR) COURSE, Mindfullness in Schools (BiBo), Breath Mastery, and Tension Release Exercises (TRE).
               
              Helen completed her Masters in Advanced Facilitation for promoting Health and Well-being, receiving first-class honours.  She has recently furthered her study with two energy healing psychology modalities specialising in subconscious reprogramming called Belief Coding. This used elements of Psychology, NLP, CBT, EFT, Meditation, Matric-Reimpriting, Emotion Coding, Kinesiology and Energy Healing and is accredited by the CBD Certification process and Mind Navigation. Fashion psychology is one of Helen’s other interests which has led to the development of her courses ”Do You Wear You?” and ”Do You Show Your True Colours?’
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              Elaine O’Neill – Eden Programme Facilitator

              • Eden Programme Graduate
              • B.A. in Applied Social Studies in Social Care
              • Certificate in Facilitation Skills (Meitheal)
              • Certificate in Counselling Skills (NUI Maynooth)
              • Mental Health Recovery Including Wellness Recovery Action Planning

              Reason for involvement in SOS: “I first got involved with SOS as a participant on the Eden Programme. Being on this unique programme gave me knowledge, understanding and a very different perspective on myself, mental wellbeing and on life. I believe that SOS is an organisation that is part of proactive, positive change in the area of mental health and suicide, so it is an honour to have the opportunity to be now part of something that is so close to my heart. I am particularly passionate about mental health awareness and breaking down the stigma that is associated with mental health challenges. I am privileged to be part of such a wonderful team of people. The attitudes, values, vision and ethos that are within the organisation, always gives me a sense of comfort and connectedness with lots of hope. Hope for a better future in how our mental health is viewed and nurtured especially in times of vulnerability and distress.”