Public Lectures and Seminars

NSRF/ Cork Samaritan suicidal crisis info event

In connection with World Suicide Prevention Day 2014, the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and Cork Samaritans are co-hosting this free event.

The Seminar is being officially launched by Minister Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality and Mental Health.

Every year, approximately 550 people die by suicide in Ireland. A suicidal crisis is a time-limited occurrence, lasting hours or days, whereby a person is at acute risk, namely, seriously considering harming themselves or taking their own life. Effective intervention for those in crisis is a key component of suicide prevention.

The seminar will include both a research and practice session, and will cover several topics, including;

  • Monitoring real-time incidence of self-harm and suicide
  • Life events, mental health difficulties and work-related factors associated with suicidal crisis
  • Evidence-based approaches to responding to crisis

The keynote speaker for the seminar will be Professor Nav Kapur, an internationally respected researcher in the area of mental health and Head of Research at the Centre for Suicide Prevention in the University of Manchester. Professor Kapur leads the suicide work programme of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness. The seminar also marks the launch of SSIS-ACE, a case-control study aimed at identifying psychosocial, psychiatric and work-related factors associated with suicide in Ireland.

The study will focus on three groups of people; those who have died by suicide, those presenting with a near- fatal episode of self-harm and general practice patients. Diverse stakeholders from general practice, liaison psychiatry and the coroner service are facilitating the rollout of the SSIS-ACE study.

This project is being conducted by the NSRF and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC. There will also be a workshop later that evening from 6.45pm – 8.30pm that is aimed at professionals working in the area of suicidality. “Responding to Emerging Suicide Clusters – From Guidelines to Implementation” will engage key stakeholders in an interactive session in G.08, Western Gateway Building, UCC. This workshop will involve the drafting of an evidence-based implementation plan for responding to emerging suicide clusters.

Director of Research at the NSRF, Professor Ella Arensman, states that:

“It is clear from international research, and research conducted by the NSRF, that suicidal crisis is related to a variety of risk factors. Long-standing vulnerability can arise from mental health problems, traumatic life experiences or unhelpful coping strategies. For some people who experience a stressful situation – such as employment problems, relationship breakdown, personal loss – and who don’t have adequate professional or social support, a suicidal crisis can be triggered whereby the person considers harming themselves or taking their own life. A key part of our research in this area is to enhance our insights into how people get to that crisis point, how to keep people safe when they experience a crisis, and to see what we can do to prevent such crises occurring in the future.”

The seminar is free and open to all; no registration is required.To attend the workshop, registration is required. Please e-mail Eimear Cusack (NSRF) at

For updates on this event, visit:

 If you are affected by the above information or event, please consider contacting: 

- Samaritans: 116 123

- Console (Suicide bereavement) 1800 247 247

-; Lo-call helpline: 1890 303302

- Childline: 1800 666 666


Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Medicine and Health
Time: 2pm-5.15pm
Location: Corcaigh Suite, Cork County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Prof Ella Arensman
021 420 5551

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