The Psychological Society of Ireland



The Psychological Society of Ireland,
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Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD.


PSI to host two free public talks in September to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on 10th of September, with this year's theme being "Connect, communicate, care." The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year. Suicide is a prevalent issue of concern in Ireland with suicide prevention strategies becoming increasingly necessary. In 2014, 459 people were reported to have died by suicide in Ireland (CSO, 2015). 

In support of World Suicide Prevention Day the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is delighted to host two free public talks during the month of September to highlight and support suicide prevention.

On Thursday 1st of September, PSI member Daniel Flynn will present a lecture entitled Connected: Advances in Tackling Suicide and Self harm in Ireland. This lecture will offer an understanding of suicide and self-harm in Ireland, an overview of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT - what it is, how it works and benefits of this treatment), and an understanding of why some individuals engage in self-harm behaviour as a way of coping. The lecture will include input from a service user who will share her experiences of participating in this intervention, and a family member of someone who has experienced these difficulties. Discussion will focus on implementation of DBT for at risk populations, and how this model could have applicability for earlier intervention and prevention. 

The lecture from Daniel Flynn will take place at 6.30pm in the Cheyne Theatre at the Royal College of Surgeon's in Ireland on St Stephen's Green. Booking for this event is essential. Please click here to go to the booking page and to view further information on the lecture.

On Thursday 22nd of September, the PSI will welcome Gary Diamond, Ph.D., to present Parenting depressed and suicidal adolescents. This public talk will describe the type of parenting associated with healthy adolescent development and ways in which parents can work to reduce some of the risk factors associated with adolescent depression and suicidal thoughts. More specifically, the talk will illustrate how parents can respond to their adolescent in a manner that promotes their adolescent’s capacity to understand and deal with their emotions, express their distress and needs more clearly, and problem solve. The goal of this parenting approach is to reduce family conflict, open lines of communication, help the adolescent make better sense of his or her own world and to better position parents to understand, support and advocate for their child. When the quality of the adolescent-parent relationship is improved, adolescents are more likely to turn to their parents during times of distress and use them for support and guidance.

The lecture from Gary Diamond will take place at 6.30pm in the PSI Offices, Grantham House, Grantham Street, Dublin 8. Booking for this event is essential. Please click here to go to the booking page and to view further information on the lecture.

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