- Raise awareness of the issue of Suicide & Self-Harm;
- Lobby Government to address the issue;
- Raise funds to help prevent future deaths by Suicide;
- Provide 3Ts Grants & Funding for Research;
- Provide 3Ts Funding to organisations working in areas of Suicide & Self-harm;
- Contribute to costs of 1Life Suicide Helpline.
When 3Ts was founded in 2003, suicide was a taboo. Today, issues of suicide & mental health are more out in the open. Organisations countrywide work to positively effect change in public attitudes and a new generation has grown up without the same perceptions of stigma around mental illness or Suicide. However, there is still much work to be done in raising awareness of suicide, the issues surrounding it, the devastation it causes and the help that is available for those in crisis.
3Ts have lobbied successive Governments to address the issue of Suicide and to adequately resource the implementation the National Suicide Prevention strategy, Reach Out. Throughout the Celtic Tiger, a nation partied as families & communities were devastated by suicide. Government consistently failed to deliver on health. In hospitals, trolleys replaced beds for patients awaiting treatment in a system badly failing its public. Government paid lip service to mental health, as cases of self-harm & suicide continued to escalate. Ireland is ill-equipped to cope with the impact of an economic recession on the mental health of the population. Infrastructures were not put in place during the boom and now there is scant funding to rectify matters. 3Ts continues to lobby Government to consider new ways to address this issue.
If adequate state funding for suicide prevention is unavailable, then we need a Suicide Prevention Authority similar to the Road Safety Authority, an independent entity to oversee a dedicated National Suicide Prevention Programme.
Fundraising & Awareness activities
3Ts engages in ad hoc fundraising activities ranging from 3Ts Annual Golf Tournament to working with supporters & third party fundraisers, to raise funds and to raise awareness of the issue and the help available. Fundraising activities can vary from running in a mini-marathon to holding a student information day or a Charity Ball. 3Ts also works with charity partners such as SPAR Charity of the Year, SAGE, DAA Staff Charity of the Year. Learn more.
3Ts recognises the need for dedicated research into suicide to help inform national suicide prevention strategies and strives to fund innovative research programmes such as the ground-breaking “Suicide in Ireland Survey”, a psycho-biological survey of lives lost to suicide led by 3Ts co-founder, Prof Malone. 3Ts also funded research from the pilot DUMP programme, (Disposal of Medicines Properly programme) in collaboration with the HSE and Trinity College. Learn more.
3Ts Grant & Funding Support of Other Organisations
The 3Ts ethos of support extends to the distribution of a portion of funds raised across a variety of projects and organisations in the fields of suicide prevention, intervention & post-vention. 3Ts donate considerable sums to organisations ranging from small, local counselling centres, to larger groups providing support services countrywide. Learn more.
1Life 24 hour Suicide Prevention Helpline (Tel: 1-800-24-7-100)
From 2009 to 2013, the bulk of 3Ts fundraising was invested in 1Life, a joint venture partnership established by 3Ts & fellow charity, Console. €1.5 million of 3Ts funds has been invested in 1Life to date but this level of support is unsustainable. In recent months, the National Office for Suicide Prevention has covered the bulk of the costs of the 1Life Helpine, with 3Ts contributing €3-4k monthly to cover telephone costs.