What is your current role within the company?
Founder/ Principal Contact of Beautiful Inside & Out (SCIO).
What is your background prior to working for this company/setting up your company?
I set up the charity, Beautiful Inside & Out (SCIO), following the tragic suicide of my beautiful, compassionate, altruistic, hilarious, intelligent 13-year-old daughter, Jenna Moriarty.
We found many gaps in the system in terms of support for parents and siblings of suicide victims. My other daughter was only five years old and struggled without her adored big sister. As a teacher, I assumed that I would be able to source support for little Sophie. Yet even when we asked authorities, we could find no support for her.
Heartbroken by the tragic loss of my daughter and by the lack of support for us, I decided that I could either lay down and die, or I could do something about it…so I decided to do something about it, through the work of Beautiful Inside & Out (SCIO).
What makes your company and/or your role stand out?
All of our services are funded by the charity so that there is no barrier to anyone receiving support. We support bereaved parents and siblings of suicide victims, as well any troubled soul of all ages, through counselling, music therapy, dramatherapy and play therapy, all over Scotland, as far away as Inverness.
We are usually able to set up appointments within a week and we now have over fifteen counsellors/ therapists regularly working for us.
We also fund and organise music therapy and dramatherapy for more vulnerable young people in nurture groups in schools. We have fun drop in sessions so as to provide opportunities for troubled souls to make friendships that shall act as a support network that lasts way beyond the therapy.
What is your area of expertise/inspiration?
Through our personal tragedy, I have natural empathy and I act as facilitator in setting up appointments for those in need. In my teaching post, I am a Nurture teacher, promoting positive feelings of self-worth in young people.
My inspiration is my daughter, Jenna, for this is her legacy. If we can save even one life, then our pain is not all for nothing…
What are your plans for the future?
We plan to hold more fun activities in various locations, so as to support troubled people and help them develop coping strategies. We shall continue to raise funds to support as many people as possible.
We intend further raising awareness of some of the issues that can lead to suicide, with a view to inviting politicians to address some of these, such as in reviewing anti-bullying guidelines and procedures in schools and other organisations, with a clear, consistent approach.
What inspires or motivates you?
When people insist that we have saved their life, it motivates me to keep providing support, so as to save and improve as many lives as we can.
Whilst giving a talk to male prisoners at a local prison, I was inspired by the impact that our story and charity had on these people. They were given a chance to tell me how important our work was to them. Similarly, many young people tell us that in hearing how loved and precious my daughter, Jenna, is, then they too must be precious and many of them have admitted to this stopping them from carrying out any plans of suicide.