New research at NUI Galway will focus on preventing suicide among young people

Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway researchers are using insights from young people in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon to learn more about young people’s mental health and suicide prevention.

The research project is called Inform – YSP. It stands for “Informing Youth Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion through Secondary Analysis of Planet Youth Datasets” and secured €207,000 funding from the Health Research Board to analyze survey data collected from adolescents.

The project analyzes data from 5,000 teens across three counties who participated in Planet Youth surveys in 2018, 2020 and 2022 and collected detailed information on mental wellbeing, suicidal ideation, lifestyles, behaviors and experiences of young people.

The project is co-led by Dr Bernadine Brady, UNESCO Center for Child and Family Research and Dr Caroline Heary, School of Psychology and provides a unique opportunity to better understand the factors that put adolescents at risk .

Dr Charlotte Silke, postdoctoral researcher at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Center at NUI Galway, is the project’s principal investigator.

“Through this project, we hope to better understand the factors that can lead adolescents to have poor mental health or to feel suicidal,” said Dr Silke.

“We also hope to learn more about the things that help ensure young people have good mental health. The findings of the study will be used to guide policies and services for young people and their families. »

The project includes stakeholders in research, policy and practice. The HRB funding proposal was led by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Center and the NUI Galway School of Psychology, in partnership with Planet Youth, the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention, HSE West and the National Suicide Research Foundation.