Selma Gaily-LuomaUniversity of Jyväskylä | JYU · Department of Clinical Psychology
MA in Psychology
Working on understanding the needs of people in suicidal crises and improving services to meet them.
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Citations since 2017
5 Research Items
My doctoral research is a qualitative investigation into suicide attempt survivors' experiences of health care services and the Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program. I collaborate with MIELI Mental Health Finland, Helsinki University Hospital and City of Helsinki, and my work is supported by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation. Alongside research, I practice as a psychologist and psychotherapist.
September 2020 - May 2022
- Project Specialist
- I am currently involved in a large scale project to improve access to psychosocial treatment in primary health care services in Finland (Terapiat etulinjaan).
September 2018 - present
- In my small private practice I work with couples and individuals within an integrative, constructionist psychotherapy framework.
January 2008 - March 2021
- Medical Professional
- I worked within in-patient and out-patient care in various settings. My main experience is with individuals suffering from mood disorders, borderline phenomena, suicidality and/or first-episode psychosis.
September 2003 - March 2010
Objective Knowledge of the effectiveness and limits of the suitability of brief interventions in suicide prevention is greatly needed. We investigated subgroup differences and predictors for suicide re-attempts within a clinical trial population recruited for a brief intervention to prevent re-attempts. Methods Consenting adult patients receiving...
Background Suicide attempt survivors are at high risk of re-attempts and suicide death. Previous research has shown that service users’ experiences of post-attempt care are related to future treatment engagement and re-attempts. In-depth understanding of how current services meet service users’ needs in the period immediately following a suicide at...
Background: ASSIP (Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program) is a brief psychotherapeutic intervention found remarkably effective in reducing rate of suicide attempt repetition in the pivotal study in Bern, Switzerland. We compared effectiveness of the ASSIP to usual crisis counselling (CC) in a randomized trial (ISRCTN13464512). Methods: Ad...
Introduction: The Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP) is a brief psychotherapeutic intervention, and a pivotal study found it to be remarkably effective in reducing repeat suicide attempts. Objective: To compare the effectiveness of ASSIP to crisis counseling (CC) in a randomized clinical trial (ISRCTN13464512). Methods: Adult...
ENGLISH ABSTRACT (Original article in Finnish) Service-user experiences of attempted suicide can guide clinicians Attempted suicide is a major risk factor for suicide death. Qualitative studies on the lived experience of a suicide attempt or attempts are an important guide to clinicians, as they can help improve both staff attitudes and quality o...
This doctoral work explores the experiences of suicide attempt survivors participating in the Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP) and receiving health care as usual. Participants' narratives of their suicide attempt, their patient records and semi-structured interviews on their experiences of received care are explored. Participants' experiences of and perspectives on received interventions as well as construction and assignment of agency in the context of suicidal behavior is of particular interest.