Sadhbh is a research assistant on the suicide prevention research team at Orygen, in Melbourne, Australia, where she primarily works on the Multimodal Approach to Preventing Suicide in Schools (MAPSS) study. This large-scale project involves educating approximately 4,000 students in secondary schools across north and west Melbourne about how to identify suicide risk in themselves and their friends, screening students to identify suicide risk, and delivering treatment to those young people identified as being at risk. Sadhbh completed her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, supported by a competitive scholarship from the Irish Research Council. Her PhD research explored the role that parents and peers play in identifying early signs and symptoms of adolescent depression, and supporting young people in distress. Her research experience spans quantitative and qualitative methodologies. She has a keen interest in participatory approaches to research, service-user involvement in mental health policy and practice, and the importance of engaging a young person’s family and friends in supporting their mental health (the ‘social scaffold’).
Sadhbh Byrne and Jo Robinson review a recent mixed methods study exploring young people’s views on harm minimisation strategies as a proxy for self-harm.[read the full story...]