To create and deliver innovative approaches that educate, inform and inspire people to cultivate good mental health and reduce stigma leading to less death by suicide
The organisation is premised on the belief that there are gaps in existing services for those who have attempted or contemplated suicide. One of the key drivers behind the work of SOS is the desire to harness individuals’ own strengths and provide them with the tools to improve their own mental wellness. Underlying SOS’s vision is the idea that “behind every statistic on suicide and self-harm, there is a person” (Suicide or Survive 2012) and that every person has the capability of living a full life regardless of the challenges they may face in their mental health throughout their lives. Suicide or Survive started at Caroline’s kitchen table born out of her own lived experience and that of people she came into contact with. The organisation has always remained true to its roots with the influence of the lived experience of people with their mental health and their human messiness in everything it does.
The aim of the organisation is to fill the gaps in existing services for those who have attempted or contemplated suicide and to compliment other services and supports. The gaps that have been identified to date through personal experience and feedback from people who have attempted or contemplated suicide, and through available research literature include a lack of one-to-one psychotherapeutic interventions that can be easily accessed and that are not prohibitively costly to the individual and a safe space to explore experiences and seek support.
- Goal 1 – Improve the Nation’s understanding of, and attitudes to suicidal behaviour, mental health and wellbeing
- Goal 2 –Support local community’s capacity to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour and to enhance accessibility, consistency and care pathways of services for people vulnerable to suicidal behaviour
- Goal 3 – Target approaches to reduce suicidal behaviour and improve mental health among priority groups
- Goal 4 – Develop and deliver evidence based services that meet the expressed and emerging needs of service users
- Goal 5 – Build the Suicide or Survive brand as a service provider of practical and safe services in the area of mental health and suicide prevention
- Goal 6 –Build the resources both financial and in terms of personnel to deliver on this strategy
- Goal 7– Establish SOS as best in class within the Charity Sector in terms of its Governance and Organisational Effectiveness
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.