The mental health charity Turn2Me has stated that intervening early on when it comes to mental health issues is the best preventive measure anyone can take.
he Irish charity, which provides free professional mental health services online, has over 110,000 registered users and has “saved many lives and improved many lives,” said co-founder Oisín Scollard.
On the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day, Oisín said the “visceral impact” of his brother Cormac’s suicide in 2003 spurred him and his other brother Diarmuid to found Turn2ME six years later.
It now offers free counseling to more than 500 people each month and has experienced more than 5,000 support sessions for those in need. “It was that visceral impact of suicide that we saw Cormac come online and get some level of support, but we wanted to create something that’s much safer for people and has the user-centric design and the necessary professionals and moderators.” ‘ said Oisin.
The co-founder described how there was an apparent “immediate need” with people flocking to the site within days of initial setup and promotion.
Originally just a forum for those seeking help, Turn2Me has quickly grown into much more, with support groups and then online counseling sessions offered through the website by trained professionals. The HSE and Sláintecare now fund Turn2Me’s counseling offering – six free sessions per user – which is visited by hundreds of users each month.
Oisín urged anyone who wants to improve their mental health to visit her website and said people should never worry if their problem is “serious enough”. He said early action is the best way when it comes to mental health.
“Some people come online, do a couple of sessions, and then they’re actually like, ‘I need to go face-to-face [in-person therapy]but I wouldn’t have done that if I hadn’t done this.
“Confidence comes and the barrier is kind of broken.
“Some people question if their problem is serious enough to seek counseling and that can be a bad habit as it can cause things to build up and fester. Some people come, do two or three sessions, knowing that they need to go to their doctor or to a counselor for further treatment,” said Oisín.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/family-tragedy-led-brothers-to-form-turn2me-mental-health-charity-41977758.html A family tragedy prompted the brothers to start the mental health charity Turn2Me