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IAS 20th Annual Conference

“From Hope To Action: Interventions that Work for Suicidal Persons”

20th Annual Conference

In association with

Feileacain at IAS Conference

 IAS Conference with #livelife

6th & 7th October, 2016

The Brehon Hotel, Killarney

9 CPD Points Available (College of Psychiatrists of Ireland)

8 CPD Points Available (Psychological Society of Ireland)


Day One

Thursday October 6, 2016

09.00 Registration / Coffee
10.00 6th IAS Research Excellence Award

Early Career Suicide Researchers

Presentations by shortlisted candidates

Adjudication of Poster Presentations

12.00 Lunch
13.00 Opening Address

Senator Joan Freeman – Founder, Pieta House

Theme: ‘Interventions in Community Settings

13.15 Current State for the Evidence Base for Interventions in Community Settings

Prof. Ella Arensman, Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation, Research Professor with the Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health, U.C.C.

President of the International Association of Suicide Prevention.

13.45 Talk to Us – Normalising the topic of Mental Health

Ms. Cindy O’Shea, Regional Prisons Support Officer and Samaritans Ireland Nations Board

14.05 Overview of the Services of Pieta House

Ms. Nora Conway, Clinical Manager, Pieta House, Mid-West, Limerick.

14.25 – Helping Young People Get Through Tough Times

Mr. Derek Chambers, Director of Programmes and Policy, ReachOut Ireland

14.45 Coffee Break
15.00 “From Hope to Action” Donal’s Honest Perspective

Mr. Fionnbar Walsh – Founder, Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation

15.15 GAA: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Communities

Mr. Ned Brosnan, Kerry GAA Mental Health Officer, Board Member Kerry Mental Health Association

Mr. Jimmy Mulligan, Kerry GAA Health and Wellbeing Committee, Project Manager Jigsaw Kerry

15.30 Informed Access to help – Q & A

Panel of Presenters: All of the above

16.10 Close of Day One / Evaluation Forms
19.00 Pre-Dinner Reception
19.30 Conference Dinner

Day Two

Friday October 7, 2016

08.30 Registration / Coffee
09.00 Welcoming Address

Theme: Practice Challenges & Dilemma’s

09.10 Counselling: Pre/Postnatal Bereaved

Ms. Mairie Cregan, Chairperson and Founder of Féileacáin, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland, Lecturer Applied Social Studies, U.C.C.

09.35 Zero Suicide–a Campaign to Address Suicide as the Public Health Crisis of our Times

Mr. Fergus Cumiskey, CEO, Contact NI, Belfast

10.00 Management of Self-harm Presentations to the Emergency Dept.: Current Practice

Dr. Eugene Cassidy, Consultant Psychiatrist, C.U.H. and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, U.C.C.

10.25 Mental Healthcare Medical Panel
10.45 Coffee

Dr. Michael Kelleher Memorial Lecture – KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Clinical Care of People who Self-harm – The Evidence and its Limits

Prof. Keith Hawton, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Centre for Suicide Research, University of Oxford.

11.50 The Difficulty in Assessing Suicide Risk. Can it be done?

Dr. Declan Murray, Consultant Psychiatrist, HSE Dublin North Mental Health Services and Adjunct Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Limerick

12.15 LUNCH

Theme: Master-class in psycho/behavioural interventions with suicidal individuals

13.30 Seeking a Life Worth Living: Working with the Suicidal Client in a Community Mental Health Setting

Dr. Melanie Ryberg, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Wicklow Community Mental Health Services.

Prof. Keith Hawton will act as Discussant

15.00 Coffee Break
15.10 Delegate Participation in Master-class

Panel: Prof. Keith Hawton, Dr. Declan Murray, Dr. Melanie Ryberg

16.00 Close Conference / Evaluation Forms