What is ReachOut.com?
ReachOut.com is a service dedicated to taking the mystery out of mental health. We aim to provide quality assured mental health information to help young people get through tough times.
We provide information about other services that can help people deal with mental health problems. ReachOut.com also hosts real-life stories by young people to help other young people get through tough times.
Along with providing easy access to quality mental health information, ReachOut.com has become a bridge on the pathway to care and services for young people going through a tough time. ReachOut.com therefore, complements existing services in the voluntary and statutory sectors.
What will I find on ReachOut.com?
There are nearly 1,000 original pieces of content on ReachOut.com detailing the best available information on a range of mental health related issues. All content is written with young people to ensure it is youth friendly and relevant.
ReachOut.com is organised to reflect the importance of providing both mental health and help-seeking information. Emphasis is placed on peer support and the principle that every one of us knows someone who is going through a tough time.
When did ReachOut.com start?
ReachOut.com was originally set up in Australia by the Inspire Foundation in 1996. It was established in direct response to Australia’s then escalating rates of youth suicide. Combining technology with the direct involvement of young people, it delivered an innovative and practical online programme to help prevent youth suicides and improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
ReachOut.com launched in Ireland in November 2009. A feasibility study, prepared by McKinsey & Co, identified three key criteria in determining Inspire’s ReachOut.com service applicability to Ireland: a clear mental health need; high technology and media consumption, and a good fit for ReachOut.com within Ireland’s existing services.
Who runs ReachOut.com?
ReachOut.com is a not-for-profit, non government registered charity. To deliver a successful service, the ReachOut.com team work with a community of young people, sector partners, professionals, families, donors, teachers and supporters who care deeply for young people and their wellbeing.