About 3Ts Suicide Charity
More people die by suicide everyday in Ireland than die on our roads. It affects all age groups in every area of society and is the biggest killer of young people in Ireland. No community is untouched. 3Ts is a registered charity founded in 2003 which works to help prevent deaths by suicide through education, research and support.
The Dublin-based charity was co-founded by Prof Kevin Malone (M.D., M.R.C.P.I., M.R.C. Psych) of SVUH / UCD, together with businessman & lawyer, Noel Smyth and Joseph MacAvin of the Mater Foundation.
Since the pandemic there has been an increased demand for mental health services and waiting lists have increased to record levels. Yet statutory services for suicide prevention and mental health services remain under-resourced throughout the island with no service provision available in many areas. The state relies heavily on voluntary organisations to fill the significant gaps in services. 3Ts was founded to help raise awareness of the issue of suicide and the supports that are available and to campaign for improved services for people in need of mental health supports and assistance.
Providing practical information & sign-posting to supports
Our website is a great first step to getting help and addressing concerns about mental health and suicide. With our easy to read and clear guides & videos we aim to provide a reliable source of practical information and resources on a range of mental health issues including suicide.
Education & Awareness
3Ts work to raise awareness of the issues of suicide and the supports that are available to anyone in crisis. We are approved safeTALK Suicide Alertness trainers and deliver this training free of charge to interested groups and organisations. We work closely with third level colleges with on-campus awareness raising initiatives such as Share the Load and also bringing safeTALK to students. We have worked with workplaces, clubs and colleges all over the country. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more.
Informed by Research
3Ts founder and leading psychiatrist, Prof Kevin Malone, is passionate about both suicide prevention & research and believes that knowledge is key to improving suicide prevention & mental health services & outcomes. 3Ts remains true to his vision. The charity funds innovative research to help inform suicide prevention strategies and has sought to provide safe, reliable and accessible information to anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues.
Since 2003, 3Ts has funded over €1m of suicide-related research which helps inform our work. Our latest research, "Accessing Help for Self-Harm & Suicidal Behaviour in the Emergency Dept" has also helped inform the National Clinical Programme for Self-Harm & Suicide-related Ideation (published February 2022). We are now recruiting participants for Phase 2 of this research on the experience of Families & Companions of those attending the Emergency Department with suicidal behaviours, self-harm and attempted suicide. To learn more about Phase 2 or to participate in the research survey, see here. For information on previous 3Ts research projects, visit our research section here.
Together we're stronger
3Ts believe in collaboration and we recognise the hard work of other organisations working at the coalface of mental health and suicide. To date, we have provided over €500k to NGOs working at the coalface of suicide prevention, intervention & post-vention to support their work and help improve outcomes for those who struggle wtih mental health and suicidal behaviours.
We campaign on mental health & suicide awareness matters both independently and in collaboration with other groups. 3Ts are members of Mental Health Reform, a coalition of over 70 organisations who campaign on all matters related to mental health and who lobby Government for reform. We also support the See Change Green Ribbon Campaign which works to destigmatise mental health issues and sit on the Men's Health Week Planning Group. 3Ts were advisory group members and contributors to the National Suicide Prevention Strategy, Connecting for Life.
Find out more about 3Ts Campaigns here.
We believe that together we can help make Ireland a better place for anyone who is struggling with their mental health or with suicidal thoughts.
Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much. (Helen Keller)
Read more about 3Ts work in mental health and suicide awareness.