More than 300,000 people log onto mental health website

16 Aug 2011, launched by brothers Oisin and Diarmuid Scollard after the death of their sibling Cormac, has received more than 300,000 unique visits since its launch in September 2009.

This online mental health service provides fully moderated discussion boards from 12 midday to 12 midnight seven days per week. The service is free, anonymous and confidential and moderators receive full training. According to CEO and co-founder Oisin Scollard, people are visiting the site from all over Ireland, north and south, and from rural and urban areas.

“The massive amount of people logging on for help and support is a reflection of the difficulties people are facing in society today. Ireland is in the grips of a real crisis, both financially and in the provision of mental health services,” said Scollard.

Recently, the service was one of 10 recipients of the Arthur Guinness Fund, a prestigious awards programme which encourages and funds social entrepreneurship.

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