Suicide or Survive (SOS) are now seeking two new volunteer board members with specific experience and skill to lead and support in the following areas (Finance & Fundraising/Communications)
This is an important and exciting time in SOS’s development following the appointment of a new Chair and CEO who aim to lead a new chapter in the organisations development with the goal of continuing to expand on the success, growth and impact of the strong and well respected programmes that have been developed over the years.
A world where everyone is empowered to look after their mental health and less people die by suicide
Behind every statistic on suicide and self-harm, there is a person. Based on this fundamental principle, everything we do is based on:
The dignity of the individual is paramount and we in SOS operate in a way that embodies this approach. Our guiding philosophy is that espoused by the Recovery model. This approach to mental health is a central tenet of the ‘Vision for Change’ adopted by the Irish Government in 2006 as the National Policy Framework document for Mental Health.
The principle underpinning Recovery approaches is that people can and do recover from mental health difficulties (however severe they may be) and go on to live lives of their own choosing. Recovery is a personal journey rather than an end point whereby the individual recovers or reconstructs a positive and valued sense of identity and purpose. It is about reclaiming personal control and a positive sense of self and recovering a belief and trust in oneself, a recovery of one’s voice and a belief and hope in an ability to live a meaningful contributing life despite the challenges we may confront
Eden Programme: SOS provides 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 during which participants 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.
Wellness Workshops: A one day workshop facilitated by people with both lived life experience of mental health difficulties, and people with experience of working in various mental health arenas. They aim to help participants understand and take charge of their own mental health. The workshop is for anyone and everyone as we all have mental health
Workplace Wellness: SOS works with organisations to open the conversation around mental health and to introduce staff and management to the positive benefits of taking personal responsibility for their own wellness. Our Workplace Wellness programmes help break the stigma that stops people from seeking help when they struggle.
Supporters Programme: This is for people supporting family members, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, people in their community and others who are struggling with their mental health. It is the first of its kind in Ireland.
WRAP Programme: This 2-day programme empowers participants to make appropriate choices in terms of their day to day lives and more particularly in times of emotional crisis. Whilst increasing awareness of suicide and suicide prevention as it addresses the stigma that exists around mental ill health.
Online Programme: The and YouMatter Online Workshop were designed to allow people to logon and prioritise their mental health. These workshops have been built from listening to people’s experiences and what has helped them when their mental health has taken a dip.
Additional information can be found on our website: https://suicideorsurvive.ie/about/