St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services

St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services

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Self Harm Awareness Conference

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services in partnership with Pieta House will hold their second Self Harm Awareness Conference at the AVIVA Stadium on 1st March 2017.

2017 Conference

Dublin, 1st March 2017 500 parents, teachers and clinicians gathered at the Aviva Stadium for the 2nd annual Self Harm Awareness Conference.

Hosted by Pieta House and St Patrick's Mental Health Services and sponsored by Aviva the one day conference offered a mix of practical workshops and presentations relevant to teaching staff, community workers, parents and students.

Recording of the day's talks and proceedings are now available as podcasts along with a selection of speaker and workshop slides.

Speakers include Dr Niall Muldoon (Ombudsman for Children), Blindboy Boatclub of The Rubberbandits, Adam Harris from As I Am and Senator Joan Freeman (Founder of Pieta House).

Many thanks to all who attended and a feedback survey is available online for anyone who wishes to provide feedback.

Our huge gratitude to our speakers, MCs, guests, stall holders, volunteers and Aviva who made the day the great success it was.

2017 Programme & Details

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services in partnership with Pieta House will hold their second Self Harm Awareness Conference at the AVIVA Stadium on 1st March 2017.

Following on from our first joint conference in 2016 which started a conversation about self-harm, the 2017 event will offer a mix of practical workshops and presentations relevant to teaching staff, community workers, parents and students.

Approved for 6 CPD credits and 1 day GMS study leave by ICGP

When: Wednesday 1st March 2017 (Self Injury Awareness Day)

Where: AVIVA Stadium, Ballsbridge, Dublin 2

Programme

		Welcome & Opening Addresses
09.00 	Registration	
09.30 	Welcome
                Brian Higgins (CEO, Pieta House)
                Paul Gilligan (CEO, St. Patrick’s Mental Health 
		Services)
09.45 	Key Note Speaker 1 
                Dr Niall Muldoon (Ombudsman for Children) 
10.15	Key Note Speaker 2 Blindboy Boatclub 
                (The Rubberbandits)

10.45	Break - Tea / Coffee	

		Morning Addresses
11.00	Supporting those who Self-Harm
		Cindy O’Connor (Pieta House)

11.30	Parents & Caregivers 
		Anne Ferrey (University of Oxford)

12.00	Young People &  Self-Harm 
		Derek Chambers (ReachOut.com)

12.30	Supporting College Students & Staff 
		Marian Browne (UCC)

		Morning Workshops
11.00	Using sport and performance psychology to foster 
		positive mental health
		Créde Sheehy-Kelly  (Tackle Your Feelings)

11.00	Moving adolescents from self-harm to self-care
		Marguerite Kiely (Pieta House)

11.00	Building resilience in students

12.00	Autism & Self-Harm
		Clodagh Nolan & Claire Gleeson (Unilink)

12.00	Spotting and reducing self-harm in schools
		Margaret Bourke (SPMHS)

12.00	Building resilience in students

13.00	Lunch

		Afternoon Addresses
13.45	Treating Self-Harm Dr. Susan Healy (SPMHS)

14.15	Reducing SH for those on the Autism Spectrum 
		Adam Harris (AsIAm)

14.45	Wellbeing and Self-Harm in Schools
		Betty McLaughlin (JCT)

15.15	Reducing Self-Harm through SPHE
		Suzanne Graham (PDST)

		Afternoon  Workshops
13.45	Moving adolescents from self-harm to self-care
		Marguerite Kiely (Pieta House)

13.45	Spotting and reducing self-harm in schools
		Margaret Bourke (SPMHS)

13.45	Building resilience in students

14.45	Autism & Self-Harm
		Clodagh Nolan & Claire Gleeson (Unilink)

14.45	Using sport and performance psychology to foster 
		positive mental health
		Créde Sheehy-Kelly (Tackle Your Feelings)

14.45	Building resilience in students

15.45 	Break - Tea / Coffee 

		Closing Sessions & Discussion
16.00 	How society can guide government to reduce 
		self-harm
		Senator Joan Freeman (Founder of Pieta House)
	
16.30 	Discussion Panel: What's changed in a year, 
		and what can we all do to make a difference by 
		next year? 

		Facilitator: Aine Lawlor (Broadcaster)
		Panellists:
		- Cindy O’Connor (Chief Clinical Officer, Pieta House)
		- Dr Richard Booth (St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services)
		- Senator Joan Freeman (Senator, Founder of Pieta House)
		- Blindboy Boatclub (Performer, Mental Health Advocate)
 
		
17.00	Concluding Remarks


2017 Conference Podcasts

Dublin, 1st March 2017. 500 parents, teachers and clinicians gathered at the Aviva Stadium for the 2nd annual Self Harm Awareness Conference.

Introductions - Brian Higgins (CEO, Pieta House) Paul Gilligan (CEO, St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services)

Dr Niall Muldoon

Blindboy Boatclub

Adam Harris

Anne Ferrey

Betty McLaughlin

Cindy O'Connor

Derek Chambers

Joan Freeman

Panel Discussion

Pauline Bergin

Susan Healy

Why do people self-harm?

While every situation is different, here are some of the reasons people have given for self-harming:
  • It helps them to express unbearable emotional pain or tension. These feelings can be hard to talk about or acknowledge, but they need to be expressed somehow and physical injury helps focus this.
  • It’s easier to cope with physical pain than emotional pain. Cutting or burning yourself transforms the emotional pain into something visible. The person might not know why they self-harm, but they have learned from past experience that self-harming regulates their feelings.
  • Injuries and scars give a person something physical to show for all their emotional pain. Wounds are tangible, external and treatable, whereas emotional pain is confusing and hidden.
  • A few people use self-harm as a way to manipulate others. This is likely to be difficult for family and friends. They’ll feel angry, frustrated and afraid.
  • Some people who self-harm may do so to ground themselves or bring themselves back to reality.

    2016 Conference Podcasts

    Dublin, 29th February 2016. Over 200 parents, teachers and clinicians gathered at St Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin 8. for an event that was the first of its kind, a conference solely dedicated to instigating a conversation about the subject of self-harm.

    The conference was a collaboration between St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Ireland’s largest independent mental health service provider and Pieta House, Ireland’s centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide.

    Listen back to some of the selected podcast recordings. Speakers presentations are available here

    Introductions

    Keynote #1: Hannah Tyrell, Irish Women’s Rugby Team

    Keynote #2: Prof Nav Kapur, University of Manchester

    Robert Young, University of Glasgow

    Dr Catherine Hughes Pieta House

    Dr Paul Plener Universität Ulm

    Dr. Jimmy O’Connell St. Peter’s College