Virtual Seminar on Suicide, Self-Harm and Mental Health

To celebrate World Mental Health Day, the National Suicide Research Foundation in collaboration with University College Cork, the Higher Education Authority, the Health Service Executive National Office for Suicide Prevention and Ulster University, is hosting a virtual seminar on Friday 9th October for those working in the areas of Suicide, Self-Harm and Mental Health.

ο Spaces are limited                   ο Registration essential                  ο Free Attendance


Seminar Programme:

➢ 9.30am: Dr Michael Kelleher Memorial Lecture: Prof. David Gunnell – ‘COVID-19 and Suicide Emerging Issues’

➢ 10.15am – 12pm: Research Presentations

➢ 12pm – 2pm: Break

➢ 2pm – 4.30pm: Masterclasses and Presentation of Awards

Further details on Masterclasses will be issued shortly.

For queries and abstract submission, please email

The Seminar is free to attend. Pease register your attendance through our Eventbrite page.

**Abstract submission is now open**

Deadline for submission is Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 6.00pm

We invite submission of abstracts from researchers at all career levels in the areas of suicide, self-harm and mental health. We particularly welcome abstracts related to the topic of youth mental health.

Prizes will be awarded to Early Career Researchers for best presentation in both categories (15 minute and 3 minute rapid presentations). Early Career Researchers include Masters/PhD, Post-Doctoral Candidates, Registrars and Trainee Psychologists.

Guidelines for Abstract Submission (virtual oral presentation)

Abstract submissions are invited on the following broad topics:

  1. Mental health
  2. Self-harm
  3. Suicide

Abstracts should be structured according to the following headings:

  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Further guidelines:

  • The abstract title should contain no more than 20 words.
  • The abstract text should contain no more than 350 words.
  • References should not be used within the abstract, unless particularly useful for clarification.
  • Personal contact details etc. are not permitted within the abstract text.
  • Please submit the details of presenting author within the body of the email as follows:
  •     Name
  •     E-mail address
  •     Phone number
  •     Please indicate if you are an Early Career researcher. This typically includes postgraduate, masters, PhD and postdoctoral candidates, registrars and trainee psychologists. If unsure, please indicate your current status for us to clarify.
  • Please submit details of any co-authors and their affiliations.
  • Please indicate your preference for 15 minute or 3 minute rapid oral presentation.
  • Submit abstract as a word document via email to
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts is Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 6.00pm.

Successful applicants for the 15 minute presentations will have 12 minutes to present and 3 minutes for questions.

Please note: there are limited oral presentation opportunities within the Seminar programme. Abstracts will be reviewed, and a notification of Review Outcome will be sent within a week of submission. This year, presenters will present virtually (from their workplace/home), which we acknowledge may be daunting. Technical support will be arranged in advance and further details will be issued to the presenting authors of successful abstracts.