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  • 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.

  • 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: https://tinyurl.com/VHIWMMTeamSOS

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 https://www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie/ 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

Or

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: www.tinyurl.com/SOScycle

 

  • 6th April, 2018
  • jacqui sos
  • News

Dublin Fire Brigade Open Day 28th April

The fantastic Dublin Fire Brigade do it again!!! Save the date!

Nutgrove Fire Station, Rathfarnham open day in aid of Suicide or Survive on Saturday 28th April from 1 – 4pm.
Wonderful opportunity to have a tour of the fire station, see the fire engines up close and chat to the firemen and firewomen!
Lots of fun for all the family and plenty to keep the kids entertained, with face painters, balloon modeller, DJ, tea & coffee & treats
A great chance to meet your local fire brigade, and a fantastic community day out.

  • 5th January, 2018
  • jacqui sos
  • News

Wellness Workshop Mulhuddart February 15th

We are thrilled to announce our first community Wellness Workshop for 2018 will take place in Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 on Thursday 15th of February. This workshop has been made possible due to the incredible support of our charity partner HMSHost and their incredibly generous customers!

A Wellness Workshop is a day for you to take time out and learn a wide range of simple practical and effective 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 and this workshop.
To book your fully funded place please click here:  or phone 01 2722158 or 1890 577 577

 

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

“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.

 

Connecting for Life

ConnectingSuicide or Survive (SOS) welcomes ‘Connecting for Life’, the Government’s strategy to reduce suicide in Ireland over the next five years.
Commenting, Caroline McGuigan, CEO Suicide or Survive (SOS) said, “I am genuinely full of hope. I see the changes on the ground and I know we need to keep working collaboratively and sharing/learning together. Suicide or Survive feels included and part of the strategy and we are only delighted to be playing our part. The Connecting for Life Strategy was thoroughly researched and is evidence based. There was a robust national consultation to help us develop this roadmap in how together, we will reduce the loss of life through suicide.”
“We are all on this journey together, and over the next five years we at Suicide or Survive will do everything in our power to support and help to roll out the government’s National Strategy in its prevention of suicide and most importantly, in how we all can connect and understand our own mental health.”

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