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.
Caroline McGuigan & John Pender – Founders
“Because we truly, truly care” – Caroline McGuigan
“Passionate belief that given the right environment, people can take back control of their own lives” – John Pender
Aisling Farrell – CEO
Aisling joined SOS in February 2021 and has over 20 years’ experience in senior level management roles in the community and voluntary sector including positions in Barretstown, RehabCare, Epilepsy Ireland, Make-A-Wish Ireland and was the CEO of The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association for 5 years. Aisling was also a board member of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and was on the European Executive Committee for the International Bureau for Epilepsy. Aisling holds a degree in Psychology from UCD and a MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology from the London School of Economics
Alice Hartigan – Administrator and Finance Coordinator
Alice joined Suicide or Survive in July 2018, previous to this she has experience in activism, Students’ Union leadership and has a passion for equality, diversity and inclusion. Alice has experience in faciliating workshops in 3rd level education on the subjects of relationships and LGBTQI+ issues.
Alice has a BA in Makeup and Character Design from IADT, Dun Laoghaire and has an interest in the creative arts. She has volunteered with organisations such as Belong To and Amnesty International.
Anthony Doran – Project and Events Coordinator
Anthony joined the team in Suicide or Survive in May 2019, previous to this he has worked in the events & entertainment sector. He has vast experience in live events , event management as well as owning his own clubs & bars and has brought all of this knowledge this into his role.
Anthony’s passion & drive is to create new, dynamic fundraising events & build relationships with new & existing supporters of SOS.
He has a huge love of music & sport and spent 10 years in a successful Irish band , touring the world & achieving platinum album sales.
Catherine Redmond – National Programmes Coordinator
Catherine joined SOS in January 2018, she has 13 years’ experience working at a senior management level in the field of Drug Rehabilitation. Catherine brings with her a wealth of experience of working within the community sector and is passionate about working in this area.
As well as being a WRAP Facilitator, Catherine is a Qualified Restorative Practitioner and studied Adult Guidance and Counselling with the National University of Ireland Maynooth, she also holds a Certificate in First Line Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management and in Addiction Studies from NUI Maynooth.
“I attended a Wellness Workshop back in 2012 and was blown away by what I seen as a new and innovative approach to mental health services. I knew then that I wanted to be involved in SOS in some way. I am proud to be part of an amazing team of people who are so committed to working with people and meeting them where they are at in their lives. To be a small part of someone’s life journey is a very humbling experience and something that I am very proud of.”
Conor McKeogh – Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Conor McKeogh joined team SOS in August 2021 as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator and lives in Dublin. A journalist with experience in tech start-ups and crisis management, he received his bachelor’s degree from Griffith College Dublin.
Conor’s background includes extensive coverage of societal issues such as suicide prevention, homelessness, mental-health awareness and, most recently, online disinformation.
A keen sportsman, he enjoys playing golf and tennis in his spare time, while also surfing, hiking and skiing all around the world.
Miriam Fahey – Bookkeeper
With over 30 years’ experience Miriam has worked as a bookkeeper for charities and NGOs. Miriam is currently helping the organisation maintain accounting books and records.
Reason for involvement: “Most of us know of someone who has struggled with mental illness or a family who has had to cope with the loss of a loved one by suicide. It is gives me great hope that those struggling or in despair have a safe, non-judgemental and professional service to turn to. From first hand experience I can highly recommend the SOS Wellness Workshops and Wellness on-line programme available on the SOS website. I believe in the ethos of SOS, their essential support through the Eden programme and the promotion of wellness in our everyday lives.”