Sadhbh is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the REFUGE-ED project, based at the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. REFUGE-ED seeks to identify, implement, and evaluate existing evidence-based practices that promote the inclusion, mental health, sense of belonging, and academic achievement of children and young people who are refugees, asylum seekers, or separated minors. Specifically, we are interested in practices that can be implemented in (formal, non-formal and informal) educational settings. The project will involve co-design with children, families, teachers, practitioners, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders. Previously, she worked 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 interests centre on youth mental health. She has a keen interest in participatory approaches to research, 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...]