Workshop: Understanding and responding to suicide and self-harm in young people.

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Understanding and responding to suicide and self-harm in young people

Understanding and responding to suicide and self-harm in young people: A workshop for parents or concerned adults

Presented by the Owen Connolly Counselling, Therapy and Educational Centre

5th February 2016

In a study carried out by the RTE Investigations Unit in 2015, it was revealed that from 2000-2013 6,995 people died from suicide. The highest rate was found among men aged 20-24, with a rate of 23.5 suicides per 100,000. Shockingly, however, during 2000-2013 among those 6,995 victims, 43 were children under the age of 14 who took their own life.

The most recent report (2014) released by the European Child Safety Alliance announced that among European countries, Ireland demonstrated higher rates of teenage suicides. In fact, Ireland has the fifth highest rate of suicide among young people in the EU at 15.7 per 100,000 for 15-24 year olds.

According to PISA (Psychological/psychoeducational intervention for people with recurrent suicide attempts) youth suicide has been associated with an increase in the prevalence of depressive disorders and substance abuses, increased life pressures and unhealthy communication practices. Young Irish people further identified relationship problems, concern with sexual orientation, educational stress, abusive experiences and family disharmony as significant contributory factors in suicidality.

Owen Connolly Counselling, Therapy and Educational Centre encourages parents or concerned adults to participate in a half day workshop, taking place on the 9th April from 9.30-1pm, which includes a 15 minute tea and coffee break.

This workshop will aide parents to:

  • Explore the psychology of suicide and self-harm
  • Understand the reasons why young people think about taking their lives or hurting themselves
  • Consider ways to respond to expressions of suicide or self-harm
  • Practice responding to suicidal thoughts and expressions

Dr. Eoin Galavan, a senior clinical and counselling psychologist working in adult mental health services will be speaking at the workshop. Eoin is the clinical lead for the Suicide Assessment and Treatment Service and also runs a private practice. He has extensive experience working with suicidal service users of all ages. Also speaking at the workshop will be Dr. Olivia Murphy, a senior clinical psychologist working in child and adolescent mental health services. She has worked across both child and adult services and as part of the Suicide Assessment and Treatment Service.

The price for attendance is €95 per person or €160 for couples who wish to attend the workshop. This includes attendance at the workshop, materials/information pack and tea/coffee. The workshop will be held at the Owen Connolly Counselling, Therapy and Educational Centre, 297 Beechwood Court, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Places are limited to a maximum of 20.

If interested please contact Joyce in the Owen Connolly Counselling centre on 2100600 or email to book a place.


Notes to Editor:

  • The Connolly Counselling Centre is a group of therapists seeking to reach out to anyone who feels the need to talk and share their story in confidence.
  • Individual, grouped, marital and family counselling are offered in a relaxed and private setting.
  • Dr. Eoin Galavan is a CAMS-care consultant and expert in utilising the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS) model. Eoin is also trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and previously DBT therapist, service coordinator and team leader for the North Dublin DBT program. Prior to his career in Clinical Psychology Eoin worked with young people and children with various levels and types of psychological, emotional and behavioural problems.
  • Dr. Olivia Murphy has extensive experience in addressing suicidality and utilising the CAMS model. Olivia’s work in child services has spanned across mental health and disability populations and has considerable experience facilitating parent workshops. Prior to her career in Clinical Psychology, Olivia worked with various populations of at risk young people presenting with significant social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in Ireland and abroad.
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Owen on Sunday AM TV …

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Owen Connolly on RTE Radio

You can here the interview here … (The interview starts at around 1:16:00)

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Maternity and the infant


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Owen Connolly talks about the effects of C-sections in children

Read The Irish Mail article here.

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Irish Times interview with Owen Connolly available now.



Owen was interviewed at the end of February in the Irish Times about a situation a number of years ago, that he was involved in.

Owen discusses the process he used to speak to radicalised teenagers in a place where they were vulnerable and needed careful guidance.


We have scanned the article below so that it can be read more easily.

Owen is available for counselling by contacting the Connolly Counselling Centre at 01 2100600 or by mailing the centre at connolly@counsellor.ieThe Irish Times - 28th February 2015 The Irish Times 2 - 28th February 2015


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Dealing with teenagers who have misconstrued ideology. Podcast available now.

Owen Connolly was contacted recently by iono fm, a radio station in Cape Town, South Africa where they interviewed him about the psychological issues of that surround teenagers who buy into misconstrued ideology, such as ISIS.

This topic has been discussed quite a lot recently and Owen has been interviewed by multiple media outlets due to his experience in dealing with this in London.

The podcast is now available and can be heard here

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Owen Connolly on Spirit Radio

Owen was recently interviewed on Spirit radio about dealing with teenagers.

The podcast is now available and you can download it or stream it here.

Owen has extensive experience in counselling teenagers and their families. You can contact him by calling 012100600 or by emailing

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Owen Connolly Interviewed in the Irish Times

Our very own Owen Connolly was interviewed in the Irish Times on Saturday 28th February.

In it, he discusses the importance of ‘love bombing’ our teenagers, and how it makes a huge difference in the relationship they have with their parents.

You can read the full article here.

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