Who we are
The National Suicide Research Foundation is an independent, multi-disciplinary research unit which investigates the causes of suicide and deliberate self-harm in Ireland.
Our diverse research team members come from a broad range of disciplines, including epidemiology, psychology, psychiatry and biostatistics. We are a registered charity based in University College Cork, Ireland.
What we do
We undertake research into varying topics relating to suicide and self-harm in Ireland. Based on this research and its findings, we provide the knowledge base for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention strategies.
We also provide training and positive mental health promotional programmes to a variety of audiences.
Why we do it
The National Suicide Research Foundation was established in 1994 by Dr. Michael Kelleher, at the request of the then Minister for Health, Brendan Howlin TD.
The brief was to conduct research into suicide and suicidal behaviour due to concerns regarding the accuracy of Irish suicide statistics and lack of knowledge of the extent of suicidal behaviour in the country.
To produce a national and international body of reliable knowledge, from a multidisciplinary perspective, on the risk and protective factors associated with suicidal behaviour.
A solid evidence base for policy development and intervention regarding the prevention of suicide and also the management of patients presenting to Emergency Departments with deliberate self-harm.
Our work is funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention, the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme, the Health Research Board the European Agency for Health and Consumers and ESB ElectricAid.
We are greatly indebted to the many individuals who fundraise and donate monies to support our work. On behalf of all of the team, thank you for your generosity.