Pieta Blog - Self-Harm Awareness Conference at Aviva Stadium on March 1st

Self-Harm Awareness Conference at Aviva Stadium on March 1st

Date: 1st February 2017

We are teaming up with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services to co-host the second Self-Harm Awareness Conference at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 1st – on Self-Injury Awareness Day.

Last year’s event was Ireland’s first ever conference dedicated to the topic of self-harm and explored what we know, what we don’t know and what directions need to be taken. 

The focus of the 2017 conference will be on those who pose the highest risk of self-harm; young people.

Pieta House CEO, Brian Higgins, said “We are delighted to partner with St Patrick’s once again to advance the discussion on self-harm. The format of this year’s conference incorporates a diverse mix of speakers combined with a programme of hands-on workshops and will enable those attending the opportunity to equip themselves with tools to respond to presentations of self-harm whether faced with them in the class-room, GP surgery, or in the community.”

Keynote speaker, Blindboy Boatclub of Limerick hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits, said, “I was honoured to be invited to speak at this conference to progress a conversation about mental health and self-harm. The culture of silence, shame and punishment is rife in this country, especially among young men. Talking about self-harm will bring us one step closer to shedding the labels and removing the fear”.

St Patrick’s Director of Services, Tom Maher, said “The increase in rates of adolescent self-harm that we’ve seen in recent years, coupled with the overwhelming response to our first conference, in particular from schools and those who work with young people in the community, highlighted the need for a follow up event that will provide a practical mix of workshops and presentations for teachers, parents, young people and mental health professionals.”

* For further information and to register to attend, visit www.stpatricks.ie/self-harm-awareness-conference