Everything we do at Suicide or Survive is driven by our 3 bottom lines:
- The integrity of our purpose
- The wellbeing of our people
- The quality of our services
All three are central to the decisions we make as an organisation.
Integrity of Purpose
We fulfil our purpose by listening to the voice of the service user and developing and delivering services and programmes that meet their needs and offer them choice. Fulfilling this purpose is the reason we exist.
Wellbeing of our People
We are acutely aware that without our people the organisation would not exist. We value our people by creating a workplace that fosters genuineness, personal growth and community. We focus on promoting both physical and mental wellbeing.
Our services are developed and delivered based on 4 key principles: genuineness, understanding, respect and acceptance. Our focus is on excellence in all we do. Evaluation and continuous improvement are an integral part of every aspect of the organisation.
Honouring all of our Stakeholders
At Suicide or Survive we are committed to honouring all of our stakeholders. This includes:
Participants: We honour the people who participate in our programmes by acting as partners rather than experts and by meeting them as equal human beings with different experiences and perspectives on life. We demonstrate this by providing a high quality physical environment and by listening to and hearing participants from their own perspective. We recognise that while we have a responsibility towards participants, we are not responsible for them – they are responsible for themselves.
Partners: Everything we do we do in partnership. We believe that it is only by working together than we can achieve our aims of a mentally healthy society where suicide rates are reduced to their minimum. We strive to create relationships with our partners based on transparency, open communication and honesty. We create equitable agreements and commit ourselves to acting with care and integrity.
Employees: We invest in the wellbeing of our employees by creating a positive work environment. We set time aside in every working day for mindfulness/meditation, healthy eating, exercise and fun. We are flexible and fair.
Funders: We honour our funders by providing high quality services and programmes that represent value for their investment. We strive for excellence in our governance to ensure that funds are used where they are most needed. We barter and bargain with our partners and invest any funds saved to expand the number of people we can provide services to.
Community: We are committed to supporting those who are working to build community through our partnership approach. We foster integration by bringing communities together to focus on mental health and wellbeing through our programmes. We emphasise the importance of supporting each other.
Earth: We honour our planet by recycling and by using recycled materials where possible. We make a conscious effort to limit our energy use.
Our Work Environment
We recognise that people are holistic beings and encourage them to bring their whole person to the workplace. We value authenticity and know that life and mental health can sometimes get messy. We recognise that we are more than our messiness and foster an environment where people are accepted as they are and respected for their difference. We know that even when we are struggling we are capable and competent.
Our work environment at Suicide or Survive is both relaxed and active. We are focused on our work and get a lot done but we also have fun. We are creative and open, focused and relaxed.
We are aware of the many opportunities that our work provides for learning about ourselves and our impact on others and the world around us. We value personal growth and development and are constantly on the lookout for ways that we can communicate and collaborate more effectively. We seek to support the evolution of our internal relationships in SOS and our external relationships with others by creating a work environment based on genuineness, respect, understanding and acceptance.
We realise that the more we develop our relational skills the more effective we will be in achieving our mission of being a force for positive change in mental health and suicide prevention in Ireland and the wider world.