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. He 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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      Fiona Olwill

      Fiona is an Eden Programme facilitator. She is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and has worked throughout her career in the field of mental health in the private, community and charity sectors.  

       Fiona completed an MSc in Mental Health in Trinity College in 2009. Her resulting research entitled ‘Reasons for Living in Individuals Experiencing Suicidal Ideation’, informed her deep belief that connection and developing hope-insiring relationships are essential when working in the area of mental health. 

       Fiona is an experienced group facilitator and most recently worked for a number of years as a programme  facilitator with the national charity AWARE, delivering some of  their group based mental health psychoeducation programmes. In 2022 Fiona completed some training in Trauma Informed Practice and draws on this as well as a myriad of different approaches in her work. 

       Fiona is thrilled to be part of the SOS team and hopes to promote, encourage and instill hope in those she works alongside.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her children and loves walking and pilates. She is also a regular visitor to her local primary school with her trained ‘reading dog’  Buddy, in connection with the ‘Burns By Your Side’ charity. 

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      Johanna Martyn

      Johanna joined SOS in 2021 and facilitates the Supporters Programme and Corporate Wellness Programmes. Johanna has worked in training facilitation and delivery for over 20 years, working in the area of mental health for the last ten years. Prior to working in the mental health sector she was a project and development manager in the IT, Finance and Community/Voluntary Sector. She is currently studying a B.Sc in integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

      Johanna is passionate about access to mental health services, and believes education is the corner stone to empowering people to manage their own mental well being.  She loves facilitating the programmes for SOS, seeing the support it can provide those experiencing mental health difficulties and the support it gives those supporting their loved ones. 

      In her spare time she loves walking with her very active dog, yoga, and gardening.

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