Selma Gaily-Luoma

Selma Gaily-LuomaInstitution: Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Supervisory team: Prof. Aarno Laitila, Prof. Juha Holma, Dr. Jukka Valkonen, Dr. Kirsi Suominen.

Position: PhD Student.

Current research: I am interested in understanding how mental health services help and hinder recovery from suicidality. My PhD research explores suicide attempt survivors’ experiences of received care, including Finnish mental health services and the Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program.

Research interests:

  • Lived experience of suicidality and suicide attempts
  • Evidence-based practices in suicide (tertiary) prevention and service user experiences of these practices
  • Inclusion (or exclusion) of loved ones in suicide (tertiary) prevention
  • Paradigms (e.g., the Medical Model) informing health care practices and their implications for service user experiences

Recent Publications:

  • Gaily-Luoma, S., Valkonen, J., Holma, J. & Laitila, A. How Do Health Care Services Help and Hinder Recovery After a Suicide Attempt? A Qualitative Analysis of Service User Perspectives. Manuscript submitted to Qualitative Health Research, Feb 24, 2022.
  • Arvilommi, P., Valkonen, J., Lindholm, L., Gaily-Luoma, S., Suominen, K., Ruishalme, O., Kukkonen, M. Sihvola, H. & Isometsä, E. (2022) A Randomized Clinical Trial of ASSIP vs. Crisis Counselling in Preventing Repeat Suicide Attempts: A Two-Year Follow-Up Study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 1-10.
  • Gaily-Luoma, S., Valkonen, J., Holma, J. & Laitila, A. Service User Perspectives on Services Received After a Suicide Attempt: The Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program and Finnish Mental Health Care. Poster presentation at IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research, Nov 24-27, 2021.
  • Gaily-Luoma, S. (2020) Service-user experiences of attempted suicide can guide clinicians. Finnish Medical Journal,75(38),1926-1930. (Review in Finnish, abstract available in English:

Can help with: I’m generally enthusiastic about and willing to discuss any topic related to suicide research and related practice. As a practicing psychologist, family and couples psychotherapist and individual psychotherapist-in-training I can offer these view points where needed. I’m also passionate about and have some experience in facilitating the learning of clinical skills, and am excited to exchange thoughts on that as well.

What’s essential to your well-being? Outside of work, I strive to balance time alone (with a book, a movie or my thoughts) and time engaged with others – both are essential. In work, being engaged in both research, practice and service development keeps me busy, but inspired. More than that, I’m grateful I get to work in different roles on facilitating what I find most fascinating in the world: the human capacity for compassion and change.

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