Reach Out Ireland Masquerade Ball
ReachOut Ireland are hosting a Masquerade Ball, on Saturday, 14 November 2015.
A black tie event with dinner, dancing and ruaille buaille, the ball will raise much needed funds for ReachOut Ireland, to help young people all over Ireland get the help they need, when going through a tough time.
Since launching, over 700,000 Irish users have visited ReachOut.com and many of these visitors have had significant need for support. Over half (55%) of the respondents to our 2014 annual user survey were experiencing ‘moderate’ or ‘severe’ psychological distress.
Information and support
Through ReachOut.com we provide quality information about mental health, self-help, coping skills and explanations of what different services provide for people between 12 – 25 years-old. You’ll also find signposts to further services when extra help is needed all throughout the site.
Visitors to the site can submit their concerns or questions about something bothering them through our commenting feature. All comments are responded to with tailored advice from a member of staff, or a trained volunteer, within 24 hours.
When necessary that advice is informed by a health professional from our clinical advisory board. Use of our commenting facility has dramatically increased in the past year, with a jump of 24% in comments recorded during the first half of 2015.
Last year we also launched ReachOut Parents, based on a two-year research project called ‘Bridging the Digital Disconnect’. ReachOut Parents provides reliable information and advice to help parents support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Our short-term priorities
- continually create relevant, youth-friendly and quality assured mental health content
- work with young people across Ireland to gather their ‘real’ stores which can be shared online
- train much needed volunteer moderators to manage the demand for direct communication by young people and their parents seeking help and support online.
The evidence is clear that young people will go online for help and ReachOut Ireland Ltd. works to make sure help is there, where and when they need it.
Where does fundraising go?
With increasing visits to ReachOut.com and rising numbers of people seeking further help through the site, we need funds to help us continue to provide our safe, timely and caring service.
100% of donations raised will go directly to the provision of ReachOut.com and, as a result, to helping each and every young person who accesses our site.
Tickets for the Masquerade Ball
Tickets for the Ball cost €150 or €1500 for a table of 10. For more details about the event or to buy a ticket, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.