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ICGP Conference



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 Annual Luncheon




We ‘re delighted to be hosting our Annual Luncheon on 8th September,  in Fire Restaurant, to mark World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September).

This is a wonderful opportunity for Suicide or Survive family to come together and share in the great work that is taking place throughout the country.

It is always a fabulous day where truly amazing courageous people share their stories of hope, resilience and the necessity for communities to come together and open up about mental health.

The day will be filled with love, laughter, good food, music and a message of hope for all!

We’d love to see you there this year.

Ticket are €75 per seat or €750 for a table of 10 – to book your tickets call Valerie on 01 2722158 or email







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.” Launched

Now you can take the Wellness Workshop with you anywhere! We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Wellness Workshop online. Whether you’ve never experienced a Wellness Workshop, or you have and would like to revisit elements, this is the perfect platform to do so – click here and please do give us your feedback. Be sure to share with your family and friends too.

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  • 14th November, 2014
  • Caroline
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The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk aired a very special ‘High Tea & Talk’ programme from the Hudson Bay Hotel in Athlone to help mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2014.
Pat Kenny spoke to families bereaved by suicide, people who had personal experience of attempting suicide and to the Governor of Wheatfield place of detention who have attended Suicide or Survive programmes.
The show explored how to build a society where people experiencing difficulties are treated with dignity & respect. And how with the right support people can go on and have a full and meaningful life.
To listen back to the full show please click on the links below:
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Wheatfield Interview (interview starts from 42.53)


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