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Wellness Workshop Roscommon

Wellness WorkshopSOS in partnership with the HSE is delighted to be hosting a Wellness Workshop on Tuesday 18th April 2017 in the Property Registration Office, Golf Links Rd, Roscommon from 9.30am to 4.30pm

A Wellness Workshop is a day for you to take time out and learn a wide range of practical tools and tips that you can use in your everyday life to improve your own wellness.These one-day workshops aim to help you understand and take charge of your own mental health. The workshop is for anyone and everyone as we all have mental health!

Workshops are informal and relaxed. They are facilitated by people with both lived life experience of mental health difficulties, and people with experience of working in various mental health arenas. The day runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm and includes regular refreshments and a light lunch. A comprehensive Wellness Workbook to support you in maintaining your daily wellness is also included.

There is no charge to attend a Wellness Workshop. Currently places are fully funded by the National Office of Suicide Prevention, the Iris O’Brien Foundation, our wonderful donors and our incredible fundraisers, making our Wellness Workshops accessible to everyone.

Click here to book your place now

 

 

Wellness Workshop Donegal

Wellness WorkshopSOS in partnership with The Forge Family Resource Centre Pettigo is delighted
to be hosting a Wellness Workshop on Thursday 27th April 2017 in Pettigo Methodist Hall from 9.30am to 4.30pm

A Wellness Workshop is a day for you to take time out and learn a wide range of practical tools and tips that you can use in your everyday life to improve your own wellness.These one-day workshops aim to help you understand and take charge of your own mental health. The workshop is for anyone and everyone as we all have mental health!

Workshops are informal and relaxed. They are facilitated by people with both lived life experience of mental health difficulties, and people with experience of working in various mental health arenas. The day runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm and includes regular refreshments and a light lunch. A comprehensive Wellness Workbook to support you in maintaining your daily wellness is also included.

There is no charge to attend a Wellness Workshop. Currently places are fully funded by the National Office of Suicide Prevention, the Iris O’Brien Foundation, our wonderful donors and our incredible fundraisers, making our Wellness Workshops accessible to everyone.

Click here to book your place now

 

 

SOS Launches WRAP for Youth

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SOS are delighted to be launching our first WRAP programme for 18-25 year old’s. It will commence on Saturday 29th April 2017 at Junction Youth Cafe, St Andrews Resource Centre, Dublin 2.

 

Wellness Recovery Action Planning® (WRAP®) is a way of monitoring and managing your mental health. WRAP® is for anyone who wants to create positive change in the way they feel or increase their enjoyment in life.

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This WRAP® for 18-25 year olds can help you to:

Stay as mentally well as possible

Monitor your own feelings and behaviours so that you recognise when your mental health is taking a dip

Develop action plans for what you will do to manage your own
mental wellness when you face challenges in life

Identify the people/services that can support you and the type
of support that is useful to you

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WRAP Participant Testimonials

“I am going through challenging times – the daily action plan is very useful and will definitely help me in the future.”

“The facilitators displayed a lovely warmth and openness. Sharing their own experiences helped people feel at ease
and be more open.”

“I found the programme brilliant, enjoyable and fun. I am a much better person because of it. Looking forward to helping myself and others from what I’ve learned.”

“I really appreciated recognising myself when I’m well and the early warning signs when I’m dipping.”

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We are in a position to offer this workshop to participants at no cost because it is being fully funded by our generous funders, donors and fundraisers.

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Early booking advisable by clicking here
For more information call Allan on 01 272 2158

National Workplace Wellbeing Health Day 2017

National Workplace Wellbeing Health Day 2017 took place on Friday 31st March and Suicide or Survive as a leading mental health charity is urged people to make mental wellbeing  a priority in the workplace.

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“We see from our work around the country that many people are struggling to cope at work due to both personal and workplace issues including work pressure, finance, relationships and  day to day challenges. Research shows that at any one time 20% of the working age population are struggling with their mental health.  At Suicide or Survive we consider this to be a conservative estimate.  Mental health has now become the most common cause of workplace absence so it’s a huge issue for both employees and employers” says Caroline McGuigan, the founder and CEO of Suicide or Survive.

“We run wellness workshops in workplaces throughout the country and hear all the time the pressures people are Under.   initiatives like National Workplace Wellbeing Day are so important. They help put the spotlight back on what is a huge issue for all of us.”

In the UK, new research from the Institute of Directors shows that over 50% of employers have been approached by employees about mental health challenges but only 14 per cent of companies have a policy in place to deal with the problem. The study also revealed that one in five directors in large companies didn’t know whether they had a policy at all. The number of days taken off due to mental health problems increased 25% year on year according to the UK Office for National Statistics. It states that anxiety, stress, and depression taken together are now the largest reason for workplace absence.  It is widely thought that the figures for Ireland are similar. ( Ref http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/mental-health-just-14-per-cent-of-companies-have-formal-policy-in-place-to-deal-with-problem-a7606461.html )

Suicide or Survive run a national workplace wellness programme that reaches small, medium and large size organisations. We have recently partnered with Sky Ireland to reach 1000 of its employees to help them improve their wellbeing, both at home and at work.

17635414_10155136028626796_2319431849591646322_o“Sky is a huge investor in our people. They are the most important aspect of our organisation and we take their wellbeing very seriously. We know that general wellbeing and mental health challenges are part of everyday life for the population. Things like stress, family pressures, bereavement, addiction – these are aspects of life that can affect us all and it’s vital we support each other in coping and finding support wherever possible. That’s why Sky has partnered with Suicide or Survive, to reach 1000 employees by offering them practical wellness tools and tips. It’s an area we are deeply committed to and see this as part of an overall societal shift towards putting health and happiness at the heart of society. Employers in particular have a huge role to play here.” – said Aoife Ní Mhurchú, head of HR with Sky Ireland.

 

Eden Programme Galway

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We are currently taking applications for our Eden Programme that will take place in Galway and commence in Early Spring 2017. The programme will be run over a 6 month period and takes place on a Wednesday morning from 10am – 1pm. For full details on the Eden Programme including how to apply please click here:

http://www.suicideorsurvive.ie/services/the-eden-program/

 

  • 17th January, 2017
  • Allan Howes
  • News

Supporters Programme

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We are currently taking applications for our next Supporters Programme that will take place in Stonebridge House Shankill Co. Dublin. The programme will be run over a 2 and ½ day period taking place on 18th/25th February and 4th March. For full details on the Supporters Programme including how to apply please click here: http://www.suicideorsurvive.ie/services/supporters-programme/ or click on our services tab.

ICGP Conference

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car-and-robSOS PRESENT TO GP MEETING – THEORY, PRACTICE OR BOTH

Each year the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) facilitate a number of events for GPs from all over Ireland. One such event is the Annual Winter Meeting. This year the Winter Meeting was held in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone and attracted a GP audience of over 200. The meeting format is made up of a combination of workshops, key note speakers, lively debate and a plenary presentation on an important topic. This year the plenary part of the meeting focused on Mental Health. Suicide of Survive (SOS) were approached and invited to facilitate this one and half hour session.

SOS presentation on mental health and suicide was new, lively, helpful and relevant. The session was divided into subsections with the initial introduction delivered by a very expert Psychologist (Paula Lawlor). This set the scene in an evidence based manner and appealed to the more scientific teammembers of the audience. It was grounded in good solid understanding of key mental health therapeutic approaches.
The second section was facilitated by the very able SOS Facilitator and MC (Robert Carley). This was a lively and entertaining trip into mental health issues and approaches that described typical patients and GPs perspectives. He is a valued advocate for the topic of mental health and is steeped in knowledge and insight.

Following the liveliness of his presentation SOS then changed gear and the CEO (Caroline McGuigan) was interviewed by Robert. The interview was sensitive and honest and the audience got a glimpse into a real life story from someone who has walked the walk. The silent attentive listing from the GP audience was testament to the person talking and respectful to the hurt and experiences shared. This interview brought the academic theory into practice and left the audience with food for thought.
Once again SOS changed approach and now presented some very useful and paulapractical approaches that GPs can use in their everyday practice. The health continuum, for example, is both simple in nature and brilliant in application. The jar for positive motivational thoughts was another simple yet brilliant idea. They presented a number of simple approaches that all GPs can use and were generous in the give-aways to the audience. This included the printed version of the SOS wellness workshop.
An hour and a half presentation to a GP audience of circa 200 is no easy task. SOS presented at a high quality level, spoke directly to their audience, were relevant and evidence based and talked from the heart of the individuals and the organisation. The GPs present spoke very positively about their experience on the day were anxious to meet SOS staff following the presentation and some have followed up with invitations to present to GP trainees and local groups.
The ICGP are very thankful to SOS for facilitating this session and for bringing the topic of Mental Health and of
Suicide into discussions once again. GPs are key workers in this area and following robertthis presentation they feel a lot more competent in talking about mental health and travelling the road with their patients. Of most importance – all GPs who attended got a lot from the presentation for themselves as well as for their professional work.

 

SOS Shankill 120 Charity Cycle

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Calling all cyclists!  Sign up today for the 3rd Annual SOS Shankill120 suicide prevention cycle

Our 3rd Annual SOS Shankill 120 Charity Cycle will take place on Saturday, May 27th.  Dozens of cyclists will gather at Brady’s pub in Shankill, Co. Dublin and head south to Arklow, Co. Wicklow and back again in a popular cycle challenge aimed at raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention.  Please join in the fun by registering today http://tinyurl.com/SOSshankill120

The main route is 120km return and there is also a shorter 30-40km route option available to Kilpeddar for those who prefer a shorter challenge.  The day starts at 9am and funds will allow us contine to deliver our innovative and life changing programmes throughout the country and challenge the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health.

Cyclists will be welcomed back by us and the team at Brady’s  pub in Shankill for a free evening BBQ, live DJ and fun late into the evening.

Early bird registration rate of €20 before May 13th 2017. Registration increases to €30 after this date.   Register today at http://tinyurl.com/SOSshankill120  or call the office for more information on 1890 577 577.

  • 1st January, 2016
  • Allan Howes
  • News

Eden Programme Mayo

 

We are currently taking applications for our next Eden Programme that will take place in Castlebar in Mayo and commence in January 2017. The programme will be run over a 6 month period take place on a weekday morning from 10am – 1pm. For full details on the Eden Programme including how to apply please click here: http://www.suicideorsurvive.ie/services/the-eden-program/

 

  • 14th November, 2016
  • Allan Howes
  • News

WRAP

 

We have limited places available on our last 2 WRAP programmes for 2016! WRAP continues to grow and we will be bringing more WRAP programmes into communities in 2017. If you would like to register your interest please email allan@suicideorsurvive.ie for more information on WRAP please click here: http://www.suicideorsurvive.ie/wrap/