3Ts (Turn the Tide of Suicide) is a registered charity in Ireland, founded in 2003 to raise awareness of the issue of suicide. We raise funds to help prevent future deaths by Suicide through research, intervention & support. 3Ts charity receives no Government funding but rely on our own fundraising activities and those of our supporters, both private & corporate.
3Ts was co-founded by eminent psychiatrist & suicide expert, Prof Kevin Malone MD, MRCPI, MRCPsych of UCD and SVUH., and Irish businessman & solicitor, Noel Smyth. The charity is driven by a core committee drawing together expertise in the fields of mental health, health administration, business & law, marketing & fundraising.
Since its foundation, the 3Ts charity has been at the forefront of breaking taboos around suicide. We are constantly driving debate on the issue of suicide, offering innovative solutions and highlighting issues as they arise in an ever-changing space. We have been an innovator in supporting other charities and organisations and in commissioning ground-breaking research which draws together the arts, sciences & humanities. The charity also lobbies Government to take action on suicide. Where 3Ts has gone, others have followed. The charity was the first to recommend a Suicide Prevention Authority; the first to draw attention to the legal requirement for “Mental Health & Safety” regulation in the workplace; the first to question financial institutions on their treatment of those in severe debt. 3Ts constantly questions Government’s failings in their implementation of existing suicide prevention policies.
When 3Ts charity was founded in 2003, Suicide was taboo and 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. Throughout the years, the charity has urged 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. Today, some progress has been made, particularly around stigma, but the lack of resources and lack of knowledge remain an issue.
2017 Athlone Institute of Technology Charity Partner
2012 SAGE Staff Charity of the Year
2010 Top Gear Festival Ireland Charity Beneficiary3Ts Patron: International Golfer Padraig Harrington
Registered Charity in Ireland: Charities Regulatory Authority No 20054878 Revenue Charity No. CHY15710