September 9, 2015
Suicide has affected the lives of many generating feelings of grief, anxiety and distress among a lot of communities in Ireland. Last week ‘Connecting for Life’, Ireland’s national strategy to reduce suicide (2015-2020) was released.
The Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny stated that suicide is ‘everybody’s concern’ and as a nation we must not only become mindful of ourselves but become mindful of those around us. Connecting for life is designed to combine the efforts of government departments, state agencies and local communities in suicide prevention.
It has been found that a variety of risk factors combined increase an individual’s vulnerability to suicidal behaviour. A review of Irish studies found specific risk factors for different populations vulnerable to suicide such as survivors of sexual abuse, young people and those suffering from mental health issues.
‘Connecting for Life’ aims to “reduce stigmatising attitudes to mental health and suicidal behaviour” as we as a nation continue to struggle to openly discuss these issues.
Research shows that those who have experienced childhood adversities such as sexual or mental abuse are more likely to experience mental health issues and suicidal behaviours. Therefore, this strategy was carefully developed to ensure individuals have easy access to a variety of ongoing support services that promote an ambition for recovery.
You can view the original report Connecting For Life here.
A donation from you today could help us continue to support survivors of sexual abuse. You can make a secure donation on-line here.
August 17, 2015
The Dragon Boat Race at Grand Canal Dock, Dublin is coming up soon on September 12th 2015...and Team One In Four are nearly ready!
We're looking for more amazing people to join us! Would you like to help us raise badly needed funds so we can help more survivors of sexual abuse?
It's a good bit of fun and you don't need to be super fit to take part. We just ask that each participant helps raise €100 or more!
If you'd like to take part please e-mail email@example.com or phone (01) 662 4070.
If you can't make it but still want to help then please show your support by donating to Team One In Four here!
When: Saturday, September 12th 2015
Where: Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4
July 27, 2015
Anyone who has phoned or visited the One In Four offices probably knows Ann Marie.
As our receptionist, her calming voice and smiling face are so important. When someone finds the courage to pick up the phone and reach out for help, Ann Marie is there to guide them.
Earlier this year Ann Marie took on a Weight Loss Challenge - shedding over 2 stone and raising nearly €1000 for the work we do.
We're all really proud of what Ann Marie achieved in her fundraiser, but also of what she does every single day.
July 23, 2015
Last week in Dublin a convicted sex offender was tracked down by vigilantes and beaten up. Images appeared on social media and it became a national news story. I’m sure many people had little sympathy for the offender, given the terror we all feel that children we know may be abused.
But did this really help keep children safe?
We estimate that fewer than 5% of child sex abusers are ever convicted and imprisoned. This means that there are actually thousands of offenders living in our communities and maybe even in our families without our knowing it. Even though it goes against our instincts, we need to move beyond our anger and our fear and to consider with cool heads what really keeps children safe.
All the international research tells us that if sex offenders are hounded out of localities, they may go underground and then become really dangerous. The Gardai and probation officers who are monitoring them may lose track of them so they are completely without supervision.
The research also tells us that if the statutory agencies and communities work to support the offender, through projects like Circles of Support, then children are safer. Offenders who have meaningful work, a decent place to live and supportive relationships are much less likely to re-offend.
And we also know that good treatment programmes work. Here at One in Four we have worked with 119 offenders over the past six years and, to our knowledge, only four have re-offended.
The sexual abuse of children is a terrible crime with horrendous consequences for survivors as they move through life. It is easy to allow our anger and disgust to overwhelm us and to lead us into the kind of ugly scenes we saw last week.
That may make us feel better but it won’t keep children safe.
July 20, 2015
Are you looking for a challenge?
One In Four's supporters and staff are getting ready for 3 challenges coming up in the next few months...and we want you to join us...
September 12th 2015
The return of our dragon boat racing down on Grand Canal, Dublin 2. Nice and relaxed, it's always a fun day out!
September 12th 2015
If you want a real challenge, this tough 7km obstacle course will push you to your limits.
October 17th 2015
A messy, but not-too-difficult 5km obstacle course. Bring a change of clothes :-)
Will you challenge yourself?
Will you, your friends and your family join us?
Will you help us fundraise for an Ireland where children are safe from the threat of sexual abuse?
Please let us know
which challenge you would like to take part in and we'll give you the help you need to do something amazing!