Institution: Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
Current research: I am currently working on the European Commission funded project, REFUGE-ED. REFUGE-ED seeks to identify, implement, and evaluate existing evidence-based practices that promote the inclusion, mental health, sense of belonging, and academic achievement of children and young people who are refugees, asylum seekers, or separated minors. Specifically, we are interested in practices that can be implemented in (formal, non-formal and informal) educational settings. The project will involve co-design with children, families, teachers, practitioners, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders.
Previously, I worked with A/Prof Jo Robinson’s suicide prevention research team at Orygen, Melbourne, Australia. My research interests centre on child and youth mental health, particularly the role of parents, peers, and other caregivers, as well as schools as sites of intervention.
- The role of ‘informal’/social support in youth mental health
- Schools as sites of intervention
- Parents’ understanding of youth mental health
- Gendered experiences of mental health and illness
- Byrne, S. J., Bellairs-Walsh, I., Rice, S. M., Bendall, S., Lamblin, M., Boubis, E., McGregor, B., … & Robinson, J. (2021). A Qualitative Account of Young People’s Experiences Seeking Care from Emergency Departments for Self-Harm. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(6), 2892.
- Bellairs-Walsh, I. Perry, Y., Krysinska, K., Byrne, S. J., Boland, A., Michail, M., Lamblin, M., … & Robinson, J. (2020). Best practice when working with suicidal behaviour and self-harm in primary care: a qualitative exploration of young people’s perspectives. BMJ open, 10(10), e038855.
- McMahon, J., Murphy, F., Cannon, M., O’Brien, G., O’Callaghan, M., Flanagan, R., O’Connor, K., Chambers, D., Byrne, S., McGorry, P. (2018). Where next for youth mental health services in Ireland? Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 1-5. doi: 10.1017/ipm.2018.12
- Byrne, S., Swords, L., & Nixon, E. (2015). Mental health literacy and help-giving responses in Irish adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30(4), 477-500. doi:10.1177/0743558415569731
Can help with: Proof-reading, event organisation, visual design, youth engagement.
What’s essential to your well-being? Sleep, therapeutic journaling, quiet time, painting, sunshine. Also: a colourful wardrobe, trashy TV, a good book, an interesting podcast!
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