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  • 20th March, 2019
  • Alice
  • News

‘One nurse made me feel ashamed, a second one offered me a cup of tea’

McGuigan founded Suicide or Survive after overcoming mental health difficulties


Read Caroline’s story via the Irish Times here

  • 10th December, 2018
  • Alice
  • News

Dublin Fire Brigade Vs Dail and Seanad XV Rugby Match

On the 24th November 2018, The Dublin Fire Brigade took on the Seanad XV rugby team in a charity match at Donnybrook stadium.

The two teams went head to head to raise Mental Health Awareness and vital funds for Suicide or Survive.

The day itself was amazing and the atmosphere was incredible! The match had many special guests including An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took part in the day playing for the Seanad XV team, who in the end took the victory with a 7-0 score.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was joined by Senator Neale Richmond among other politicians.

The Dáil and Seanad XV rugby team consists of members and staff from the Houses of the Oireachtas and we were thrilled to have everyone there on the day. It was a fantastic event and we would like to thank Keith Dore, Keith Mason and members of the fantastic Dublin Fire Brigade for organizing the day, It is such a privilege to be part of a community like this.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for such an amazing event that has helped break the stigma around suicide and raise mental health awareness. The funds raised from this event will go towards SOS delivering our life changing and innovative programmes all over the country!

  • 3rd December, 2018
  • Alice
  • News

Taoiseach makes his rugby comeback in charity match

Photo credit: Frank McGrath


“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tries to get to grips with Brian Tyrrell from Tallagh Fire Station, during the Dail and Seanad XV played DFB {Dublin Fire Brigade} XV in a charity rugby match in aid of SOS [ Suicide or Survive] in Donnybrook stadium.”

For the full article and photos in the Independent – click here


  • 10th September, 2018
  • Alice
  • News

SOS Shankill 120 Cycle

We’re thrilled to let you know that the 4th annual SOS Shankill 120 was a massive success.

The annual cycle to raise awareness for mental health & suicide prevention took place on 26th May this year.  Sponsored yet again by our fabulous friends & neighbours Brady’s of Shankill, it was bigger & better than ever, with 210 cyclists registering to take part in either the 120km cycle from Brady’s Shankill to Arklow & back or the 60km cycle to Kilpeddar & back.

It was such a joy to see so many likeminded people come together to join in the journey of stigma reduction & suicide prevention.  It has truly become a stand out event working for change in our society.

To each & everyone who cycled, sponsored, partnered with us, or volunteered on the day, massive thank you.  Because of your belief in what we do & your continued support we raised a phenomenal € 14,205.75 together!!! What an amazing achievement.

This money will go towards providing our life-changing, empowering programmes throughout the country.

A big thank you to all our sponsors, without you we couldn’t have had our beautiful SOS Shankill 120 cycling jersey’s.
To Brady’s of Shankill, SKY Ireland, Centra Shankill, Galvin Office Supplies, Supreme Altitude, Studio One, HUPHUP and The Right Mind. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Together we can do incredible things.

Sky Ireland awarded Ibec’s KeepWell Mark

“We believe we need to look after the wellbeing of our employees.”
Sky Ireland’s Neal O’Rourke speaks about Ibec’s KeepWell Mark



Neal O’Rourke, Finance Director of Sky Ireland, is well aware of the value of Ibec’s KeepWell Mark to the company, but also how important mental health initiatives are to employee wellness generally. Here he speaks about partnering with Suicide or Survive to train their staff and run workshops on mental health and also the positive feedback received from employees around the KeepWell Mark.


Watch the video here

  • 8th August, 2018
  • Alice
  • News

The annual Easter Sunday 50KM Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Cycle

We are delighted that we get to continue our important mental health and suicide prevention work in Co. Waterford thanks to Cllr Liam Brazil’s recent 50KM cycle & the fundraising efforts of the local community. We are so grateful for your support. Together we can make a difference.

The annual Easter Sunday 50KM Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Cycle saw over 300 participants cycle from Crotty’s Inn, Leamybrien, through the scenic areas of mid County Waterford including the Copper Coast, and back again. It was organised by Cllr Liam Brazil who recently presented the €8,000 proceeds to Suicide or Survive to help fund our pioneering work in Co. Waterford.


See the full article here

  • 21st May, 2018
  • jacqui sos
  • News

HSE Health Service Excellence Awards

Over 300 projects from all over the country entered the 2017 Health Service Excellence Awards, which are open to all staff working in the publicly funded health system. Our partners for the Eden Programme in the West of Ireland (the NCS and Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention) nominated Eden for an award and we are delighted to announce that we were invited along with a very small number of other projects to present a poster at the HSE Excellence Awards Showcase in Sligo on the 1st of May

See the poster here

  • 11th May, 2018
  • jacqui sos
  • News

Nutgrove Fire Station Open Day raises €5,600 for SOS!

The open day at Nutgrove Fire Station on 28th April was a fantastic success, raising over €5,600 for SOS!

Read all about it in this article in the Echo…

  • 24th April, 2018
  • jacqui sos
  • News

Join #TEAMSOS for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on June 3rd

The SOS Ladies are taking on the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on June 3rd, and we want you on our team!

To get started, follow this link and join our Everyday Hero team page:

Everyday Hero is a really excellent way for you to raise funds online by sharing your profile on social media, and sending the link to your friends and contacts.

Setting up your profile couldn’t be simpler, but if you have any questions or need any help, you can call Mel or Jacqui on 01 2722158 and We’ll talk you through it.

You can join our team right away, and then register for the marathon at any time before May 18th.

This year, we’re delighted to have ultra marathon runner Gary Seery guiding us through a training plan and answering all of our fitness & training related questions in a live Q&A session each Wednesday at 8pm on Facebook.

See the Week 1 Q&A here, and Week 2 here.

  • 24th April, 2018
  • jacqui sos
  • News

SOS Shankill 120 charity cycle – May 26th

We are delighted  to be holding our 4th Annual SOS Shankill Cycle sponsored by our good friends Brady’s of Shankill on Saturday, 26th May, 2018.

As with previous years we have again two routes to choose from:

120 KM from Brady’s Pub Shankill to the Sports & Leisure Centre Arklow, Co Wicklow & return


60 KM from Brady’s Pub Shankill to the Grove Bar Kilpeddar, Co Wicklow & return

Registration for the 120KM route begins at 9am, setting off at 10am

Registration for the 60KM route begins at 10am, setting off at 11am

All cyclists will receive:

  • SOS Branded Cycling Jersey
  • Complimentary breakfast before the race (Thanks to Brady’s of Shankill) 
  • Complimentary refreshments and snacks at the halfway stop-off to re-fuel for the return cycle on both routes.  (Thanks to Grove Bar Kilpeddar & Arklow Sports & Leisure Centre) 
  • Complimentary BBQ and a drink of their choice on return (Thanks to Brady’s of Shankill) 

Don’t delay! Sign up here: