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What is the Eden Programme?
The Eden Programme is unprecedented in Ireland and is both unique and creative in its approach. The Eden Programme was established by SOS to provide a safe space for those in need who have attempted suicide or have had suicidal thoughts. It provides a supportive weekly group environment over a 6 monthly period in which up to ten to twelve participants per programme become more aware of their own psychological states and can develop tools to manage their own wellness, a range of supports in their own community and can move away from suicide as an option of first choice in times of crisis.
Why the Eden Programme?
The Eden Programme is an in-depth programme which recognises that for an individual to look at the possibility of life rather than death will take time. That is why this programme is confidential and closed, and runs for 26 weeks. Anyone who has attempted suicide or has had suicidal thoughts can apply to be part of this six-month programme. Places are limited and an assessment is part of the procedure for group formation.
Attending an Eden programme?
Suicide or Survive through The Eden Programme brings resources to the community by making available a subsidised innovative outreach program. The weekly sessions are held in a safe, confidential environment in order to foster individual resilience, coping skills and resource awareness
Eden Programme Dublin – Will run from the Carmelite Centre, D2 on Wednesday Mornings
Eden Programme Mayo – Will run in Castlebar Primary Care Centre on Wednesday Mornings
Eden Programme Roscommon – Will run from Roscommon Primary Care Centre on Tuesday Mornings
Eden Programme Galway – Will run from Adult Counselling Centre, Newcastle Road on Wednesday Mornings
If none of the above locations suit, and you would like to be kept informed of new locations, please register your interest belowRegister Interest
The programme runs over 26 weeks and participants will take away:
- Empower participants to make appropriate choices in terms of their day to day lives and more particularly in times of emotional crisis
- Reduce the potential of death by suicide by the participants
- Increase awareness of suicide and suicide prevention while also addressing the stigma that exists around mental ill health.
To apply for a place on the Eden programme please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 1890 577 577. Places are limited so early application is advisable.
The transferability of the Eden Programme on license to the HSE National Counselling Service in CHO2 was evaluated by DCU in 2016. You can read the full evaluation report here, or a summary of the key findings here
The Eden Programme is in line with Strategic Goals 1 and 3 of Connecting for Life: Goal 1: To improve the nation’s understanding of, and attitudes to, suicidal behaviour, mental health and wellbeing; Goal 3: To target approaches to reduce suicidal behaviour and improve mental health among priority groups. This programme is run to the highest standards of practice and service delivery and is underpinned by an evaluation framework as required by ‘Connecting for Life’.
For Information on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy of Ireland use the link below:
Exciting news!!! We are delighted to let you know that Headspace continues to support our work by providing us with a limited number of fully funded annual subscriptions to their Headspace app worth € 119.88 for anyone who attends our WRAP, Supporters and Eden Programmes. Headspace provides simple, practical and effective daily guided meditations straight to your phone, tablet, laptop or computer. Meditation has been shown to reduce daily stress and to promote subtle improvements in focus, attention and the ability to ignore distractions in life. There is also evidence that daily meditation increases compassion both for self and others.