turn2me was first et up in 2009 by Oisin and Diarmuid Scollard from Dublin, Ireland, who lost their brother Cormac, to suicide in 2003. They wanted to create a web space for people to share, discuss and offload their personal problems and to find support and get useful information; something their brother Cormac did not have.
turn2me Youth is a new addition. It is here to support anyone between the ages of 16 and 19 who needs a safe place to talk, and with a counsellor in the background ready to step in if needed.
You will be able to talk online, without anyone knowing who you are , but you knowing you are in a secure place to get help and guidance.
turn2me Youth is part of the Turn2me charity. It 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.
Meet our team
Founder and CEO
Years with the organization: 9
Personal Mission: To save lives to suicide through a world class e-mental healthcare organisation.
Background: Oisin Scollard is Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer and ideas man. He is a barrister by background and is also Head of Child Safety for Trust and Safety Google with extensive experience in online safety systems design and operations, online child safety research and education programme design.
For fun: Mountain biking, cycling, adventure racing.
Greatest moment: Birth of my daughter
Chairperson of the board
Years with the organization: 2
Personal Mission: Make Mental Heath care available to everyone on line.
Background: Maribé has work for Google for 9 years and is head of the EMEA Internal Audit function. Maribé brings 30 years of experience in the US Corporate Technology sector in a variety of finance roles and is an expert in Governance, Risk and Controls.
For fun: Running, cycling, yoga, reading and travel preferably with family and friends.
Greatest moment: Every moment in life
Co-founder & Designer
Background: 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.
Ciara Culleton is a Chartered Company Secretary and become the Secretary of Turn2me in 2017. Having completed an LLB in Law and European Studies she gained an MSc in Management and Corporate Governance. She currently works for Google and is an ACIS member of the ICSA: The Governance Institute. Her favourite quote encompasses the theory of impermanence, that nothing stays the same, of particular solace during life's darkest hours: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man" (quote by Heraclitus).
Years with Organization: 3 years
Personal mission: Mental health shouldn’t have a stigma, it’s good to talk.
Background: Cormac is the Managing Director of Agriland.ie Ireland’s largest digital agricultural news publisher. Previously he has been involved in a number of media start up’s most of which had a digital and or technology focus.
Cormac brings 16 years of technology, marketing and consultancy experience to the Organization. He is passionate about digital and technology and how both can be used to improve people’s lives.
Greatest Moment: Becoming a parent.
For fun: Farming, Socialising and family.
Years with Organization: 1 year
Background: Liz brings extensive experience from a tenured and successful career in Retail and Corporate banking. She has extensive management experience and finance restructuring.
Background: Paula is a graduate of Trinity College, Economics and Social Studies. She has over 20 years experience in Ireland’s not for profit sector. She has extensive experience in fundraising, business development and philanthropy, as Executive Director of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland, Associate Director of the Trinity Foundation and Head of Development Belvedere College S.J.. Her positions also include Manager of the Financial executives Association and Programme Manager of UCD’s Innovation for the Smart Economy (IPSE). Paula has also worked as a consultant for a number of years within the not for profit and private sector.
Online CounsellorJohn Hickey M.Sc; P.Grad Dip; B.Sc (Hons) Psychology; Dip (MAPCP; MACI Accredited Clinical Supervisor). John has worked with ICHAS since 2010 and provides a range of services including Academic and Clinical Supervision whilst also lecturing on Undergraduate Degree Programmes in conjunction with Griffith College. John has a keen interest in the area of addiction related presentations and also works closely with families experiencing relationship and emotional difficulties.
Online CounsellorBrian 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.
Online CounsellorKaren 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 program, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, 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 counseling.
Online CounsellorAnika 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.
Online CounsellorGaye holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and is currently completing her Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Gaye specialises in Systemic Family Therapy, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Addiction Counselling and Occupational First Aid. Gaye has extensive experience working in crisis situations with children and adolescents in residential settings and has also worked in Women’s Refuge and the Homeless sector.