3Ts (Turn the Tide of Suicide) is a registered charity in Ireland (no. CHY15710), founded in 2003 to raise awareness of the issue of suicide and to raise funds to help prevent future deaths by Suicide through dedicated research, intervention & support.
Co-founded by eminent psychiatrist & suicide expert, Prof Kevin Malone MD, MRCPI, MRCPsych., and Irish businessman & solicitor, Noel Smyth, 3Ts is driven by a core committee drawing together expertise in the fields of mental health, health administration, business & law, marketing & fundraising.
In 2003, Suicide was taboo, not openly discussed. Services were hugely under-resourced and under-funded, operating in a knowledge vacuum. 3Ts identified a need to get the issue of Suicide out into the open, to raise awareness and to help destigmatise suicide and mental illness, urging Government to recognise the scale of the problem and put in place adequate resources to address it both at policy level and through statutory service provision. Sound familiar? Today, some progress has been made, particularly around stigma, but the lack of resources and lack of knowledge remain an issue.
In 2009, 3Ts established the 1Life 24 hour Suicide Prevention Helpline (Tel: 1-800-24-7-100), in partnership with fellow charity, Console. 1Life is a lifeline for individuals in suicidal crisis or with any issue related to suicide or self harm. It is currently Ireland’s only dedicated 24 hour freephone suicide intervention & prevention helpline, withprofessional counsellors available around the clock, supported by a team of specialist volunteers. 1Life is saving lives every day.
3Ts receives no Government funding but relies on its own fundraising activities and those of its supporters, both private & corporate.
2012/2011/2010/2009 - SPAR Charity of the Year
2012 - SAGE Staff Charity of the Year
2011 - DAA (Dublin Airport Authority) Staff Charity of the Year
2010 - Top Gear Festival Charity Beneficiary