EU-MARIE CURIE: Mental Health Training Through Research Network in Europe (MARATONE)


MARATONE is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network project that directly addresses the need for high-level training and career pathways in mental health. This is with the aim to increase the inter-sectorial and transnational employability of young scientists in the academic, public and private sectors to meet the enormous challenge of the 2009 EU Parliament Resolution on Mental Health.

What does MARATONE aim to do?

This Resolution set out recommendations for a comprehensive and integrated mental health strategy for Europe. MARATONE is designed to address the biggest challenge to implementing this ambitious strategy: the lack of training for career pathways for young scientists in multidisciplinary mental health research.

How will MARATONE achieve this?

MARATONE’s multidisciplinary network of partners will collaboratively develop methodologies for measuring the individual and social impact of mental health disorders. This is to create strategies for the social and private sector responses to mental ill health in the form of health promotion and prevention programmes, and at the national level, strategies for human rights protections in policies and programming.

How will MARATONE benefit researchers?
The consortium will provide young researchers with scientific expertise in mental health, as well as basic technical and communication skills, including research development and management, international human rights commitments, and commercial exploitation and dissemination.

What are the research topics?

The scientific dimension of MARATONE is composed of four research topics, which reflect the priority areas set out in the 2009 EU Parliament Resolution on Mental Health:

Topic 1: Mental Health Epidemiology Across the Life Span

Topic 2: Depression and Deliberate Self-Harm

Topic 3: Mental Health and Well-Being in Workplace Settings

Topic 4: Human Rights and Combating Stigma and social exclusion

What research topic is being undertaken within the NSRF?

Study Aim:
To identify risk factors for long-term repetition of self-harm among
children, adolescents and young adults presenting to hospital emergency
departments in Ireland.

Personnel Involved: Supervisor: Prof. Ella Arensman.
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Elaine McMahon; Ms. Eileen Williamson.
Postdoctoral Researcher: Mr. Marco Bennardi.

Specific objectives 2015:
• To compare suicide among young people and adults in Ireland in terms of method characteristics, toxicological analysis, and substance abuse histories (paper for peer review journal).
• To identify age group (10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29) similarities and differences in repetition of self-harm;
• To identify the relation between self-harm method and switching method over time among four age groups     (10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29);
• To identify the relation between recommended next care (following a hospital presentation) and repetition of self-harm accounting by self-harm method at the first presentation across four age groups (10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29).

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