3rd National Research Conference on Youth Mental Health

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The Third National Research Conference in Ireland on Youth Mental Health is being held in Limerick on the 28th September 2012. Hosted by the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) and Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick (UL) the theme this year is ‘Promoting Youth Mental Health through Intervention, Engagement and Innovation’.


There is a variety of invited speakers and researchers presenting on topics in the area of:

• technology in promoting youth mental health

• youth engagement

• service development

• suicide and its prevention

• policy perspectives

• social deprivation and its role in youth mental health


We are very excited that Headstrong’s Deputy CEO, Professor Bob Illback, will be there to discuss emerging evaluation findings from the Jigsaw Intervention Model of Youth Mental Health Supports. This presentation will describe the profile of young people using a Jigsaw Service, the outcomes for those young people as well as the impact of the Jigsaw Service on other service providers, with particular reference to specialist mental health care.

Recent results from Headstrong’s My World Survey will also be presented by researchers Dr. Amanda Fitzgerald and doctoral student Maedbh O’ Connor. Amanda will examine the ‘typical’ drinking patterns of 5th and 6th year students and the impact this has on mental health, whilst Maedbh will outline the connection between a variety of factors (e.g. self-esteem, substance abuse) and having suicidal thoughts. Finally our lovely intern Alanna Donnelly will examine the use of school counselling services by secondary students. 


The day will also contain many other Insights, perspectives and developments in the area of youth mental health. You can register for the conference by completing the form below. There is a strong youth involvement in this year’s conference and to encourage young students with an interest in this area a heavily discounted rate is being offered. We are encouraging people to register as soon as possible as places are limited and we look forward to seeing you there. 

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