Turn2me.org was founded in 2009 stemming from the very personal experiences of brothers Oisin and Diarmuid Scollard, who lost their brother to suicide in 2003. They had a vision to create a web space for people to share, discuss and offload personal problems, find support and get useful information.
- We use technology to connect people, promote mental wellbeing and help prevent suicide.
- Turn2me is open to people over 18.
- We are non-religious, non-political.
- Our service is non-judgemental, confidential and anonymous*
This is a website that helps people GET HELP, lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.
Our Online Support Groups are facilitated by mental health professionals and Online Counselling is provided by professional Counsellors/Psychologists.
Turn2Me is a charitable organisation and complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.
3 Tiered Approach
Turn2Me provides a 3 tiered approach to mental wellbeing:
This community is dedicated to the memory of Cormac Scollard 1969-2003, a son, a brother, a friend, an artist and a sound engineer. May his legacy always live on through this community.
*your identify may be disclosed to the relevant authorities in incidences where it is indicated that your life is at risk and/or under Children First National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children. Please note that Turn2Me is NOT a crisis intervention service.
Meet The Team
Oisin Scollard - Founder and CEO
Oisin Scollard is Co-Founder and Director at Turn2me.org. Oisin setup the organisation in 2009, with Diarmuid, after the tragic loss of their brother, Cormac to suicide. Oisin is a Barrister by background and brought his internet development and legal skills together in creating Turn2me. His vision is to make mental health accessible online to everyone at low cost or no cost, to harness the power of a connected online society. He currently works for Google, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)
Diarmuid Scollard - Founder
Diarmuid Scollard is a co-founder of turn2me and serves on the board of directors. Founder of Design Minds, Diarmuid is a national and international award-winning communications specialist with over 30 years’ experience as a graphic designer and creative director.
Karen Murphy - Psychologist and Services & Operations Manager
Karen holds an Honours Degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Counselling Psychology and is currently completing her Masters in CBT. She has also trained in Online Counselling Skills, Train the Trainers programme (Mental Health Act 2001), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Children First Training and a Certificate for Counsellors working in the LGBT field. Karen has worked in the area of suicide prevention and mental health promotion for a number of years and has extensive experience and knowledge of online counselling and uses a person-centred focus and CBT in her approach. Karen manages all Clinical & Operational Services, supported by our dedicated team and also facilitates Online Support Groups and provides Online Counselling Sessions for our members.
John Hickey - Clinical Advisor
John Hickey M.Sc; P.Grad Dip; B.Sc (Hons) Psychology; Dip (MAPCP; MACI Accredited Clinical Supervisor).
John has worked for many years in the mental health care sector and has broad experience in dealing with many types of presentations including:
Anxiety related conditions
Disordered Eating Patterns
John currently works with Turn2me as both an on-line Therapist whilst also holding the role of Clinical Director within the organisation providing guidance, support and direction on matters relating to case presentation and interventions relating to best practice. His role also includes the provision of Clinical Supervision to the counselling team on a regular basis.
John also lectures on the Griffith College B.A (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy in conjunction with ICHAS college and provides Academic Supervision for M.A students completing their final year Dissertation.
He holds his Masters from Trinity College Dublin and Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Limerick.
John has a passion to help others and as he states is “privileged” when other individuals allow him to help and support them in some way.
He has a very experienced and dedicated team working with him in Turn2me and feels that the clients who engage in the on-line service will always receive first class treatment by people who really care and are both competent and qualified to provide that level of care required.
Our Counsellors/Psychologists are mental health professionals and accredited with their specific disciplines’ accrediting bodies.
Anika Sparling - Counsellor
Anika holds a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a Certificate in Domestic Abuse (ADAPT), Certificates in CBT Training and is currently undertaking her BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which she expects to complete in 2017. She is also undergoing training in Sandplay Therapy. Anika’s interests lie in Suicide prevention, Domestic Abuse, Relationship/ Family Counselling and Mental Health. She works with an integrative approach to suit the client such as person-centred and CBT, but is also fascinated by the psychodynamic approach. Anika has been working with Turn2Me since 2013 and discovered her passion to working with clients online.
Brian Holohan, MA, BA (Hons), M.I.A.C.P.
Brian holds a Master’s Degree in Sexuality Studies, a BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Addiction Psychology, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and is in the process of pursuing a PhD. In his work the main approaches Brian uses are person-centred, integrative and humanistic. Brian has a keen interest in the area of sexuality, gender, LGBTQI issues and masculinity. Brian also works with individuals who experience anxiety, depression and attachment issues within his private practice.
Gaye O'Hagan - Counsellor
We have too many moderators to mention each, but they are crucial to our team here at Tur2me. Our Moderators are all specially trained Volunteers with a background/interest in mental health
Diarmuid Scollard - MD Designminds
Oisin Scollard - Google Ireland
Stephen Biddulph - Keatings Ireland
Cormac Farrelly - CEO Agriland.ie
Dr. John Dinsmore - Trinity College
Maribe Fallon - Google Ireland
Ciara Culleton - Board Secretary
We want to create a world where mental health issues are acknowledged and accepted. Where every person in distress will feel confident to openly access the support services they need, safe in the knowledge that attitudes have changed based on a communal understanding and willingness to support each other.