Sadhbh J. ByrneTrinity College Dublin | TCD · Centre for Global Health
Sadhbh J. Byrne
Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the REFUGE-ED project (www.refuge-ed.eu).
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I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the REFUGE-ED project at the Centre of Global Health, Trinity College Dublin. REFUGE-ED seeks to identify, implement, and evaluate existing evidence-based practices in educational settings that aim to increase the educational success, mental health and wellbeing, and sense of belonging of children and young people who are refugees, asylum seekers, or unaccompanied minors.
September 2017 - December 2020
- Research Assistant
- Worked with A/Prof Jo Robinson's suicide prevention research team.
June 2016 - July 2016
- Delivered three-week programme in Social Psychology to young people aged 13 to 17 years who had been identified as having high academic ability (95th percentile in mathematical and/or verbal reasoning).
Objectives: General practitioners (GPs) have a key role in supporting young people who present with suicidal behaviour/self-harm. However, little is known about young people's opinions and experiences related to GPs' practices for such presentations, and their decisions to disclose suicidal behaviour/self-harm to GPs. Additionally, existing guideli...
Many young people who engage in self-harm do not seek help from health services. For those that do, emergency departments (EDs) are a key point of contact. Substantial gaps remain in current knowledge related to young consumers’ experiences and views on optimal treatment of self-harm in the ED. In this study, semi-structured interviews were conduct...
General Practitioners (GPs) play a crucial role in the identification and support of young people at risk of suicidal behaviour and self-harm; however, no studies have explored GPs’ perspectives, approaches, challenges, and resource needs when working with this cohort in an Australian setting. This was a qualitative study where fifteen GPs (Mage =...
The gatekeeper training of parents is a promising approach for suicide prevention in young people, but little research has addressed the effectiveness of such training, especially using online delivery. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and acceptability of the delivery of an online suicide prevention training program, LivingWorks Start, to...
Background Suicide is the leading cause of death among young Australians, accounting for one-third of all deaths in those under 25. Schools are a logical setting for youth suicide prevention activities, with universal, selective and indicated approaches all demonstrating efficacy. Given that international best practice recommends suicide prevention...
Background Existing evidence suggests that some individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds are at increased risk of suicide compared to their majority ethnic counterparts, whereas others are at decreased risk. We aimed to estimate the absolute and relative risk of suicide in individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds globally. Methods Database...
Background Suicide is the leading cause of death among young Australians, accounting for one-third of all deaths in those under 25. Schools are a logical setting for youth suicide prevention activities, with universal, selective and indicated approaches all demonstrating efficacy. Given that international best practice recommends suicide preventio...
Background: Self-harm in young people can have a substantial negative impact on the well-being and functioning of parents and other carers. The "Coping with Self-Harm" booklet was originally developed in the UK as a resource for parents and carers of young people who self-harm, and an adaptation study of this resource was conducted in Australia. T...
To date, Ireland has been a leading light in the provision of youth mental health services. However, cognisant of the efforts of governmental and non-governmental agencies working in youth mental health, there is much to be done. Barriers into care as well as discontinuity of care across the spectrum of services remain key challenges. This editoria...
Poster session presented at International Association for Youth Mental Health Conference 2015, 09/10/2015, Montréal, Canada. http://iaymh-vcl-2015.eppic.org.au/content/parents-and-peers-responses-adolescent-depression-development-intentions-provide-mental
Young people’s mental health is an issue of acute concern, with approximately 20% of young people experiencing at least one mental disorder in any given year (Patel, Flisher, Hetrick, & McGorry, 2007). Depression is particularly concerning, due to the link with suicide (Burns & Rapee, 2006); Ireland has the fourth highest rate of youth suicide in E...
This study assessed mental health literacy in Irish adolescents (N = 187), and explored participants’ help-giving responses toward hypothetical depressed peers. Participants read five vignettes, each describing an adolescent experiencing a life difficulty; two of the characters met Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., DSM...
Organised crime is a worldwide phenomenon, and yet proves difficult to define. In Ireland, organised crime is centred, for the most part, on gangland activity and related killings. Public perceptions of gangland homicide support a strong link to the drug trade, however the current review discusses the importance of recognising several motivating fa...
I am trying to find some empirical work that has examined the relationship between parents' and children's beliefs/knowledge around 'mental health' and 'mental illness'. Any pointers would be appreciated.
I am interested in the factors that underlie an individual's decision to help another person who displays depressive symptoms.
The theoretical literature appears to suggest that the help-giver must assess their responsibility/obligation to help the potential help-recipient (perhaps affected by whether the help-recipient is a family member/friend/complete stranger/responsible for their own poor mental health/etc.)
I am finding it difficult however to find a way to measure this responsibility assessment.
Any thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated.
The aim of this project is to develop a training tool for General Practitioners (GPs) on best practice for identifying and managing mental health concerns in adolescents. The development of the training tool will be informed by qualitative consultations with GPs, young people, and parents as well as a review of the literature. The training tool will later be evaluated.
The aim of this project is to develop and evaluate a training tool for General Practitioners (GPs) on best practice for identifying and managing mental health concerns in adolescents. After further developing an existing educational tool on managing mental health presentations in primary care, the efficacy of this CME training tool will be evaluated. This study also aims to evaluate the attitudes and competencies of GPs in Ireland in communicating with young people, managing adolescent mental health presentations and effectively referring to CAMHS.
REFUGE-ED brings together a consortium of nine partners (ranging from research institutions to NGOs) from seven European countries to develop a platform which will host and promote effective practices for the inclusion of migrant and refugee children in schools and more broadly in society.