Generation Hope: Youth Suicide Prevention Conference

Generation Hope: Youth Suicide Prevention Conference took place on Monday 27 February at 09.30 for 10.00 – 16.00 at The MAC Belfast.

The 2020 Youth Wellbeing Prevalence Survey, showed that mental health problems in children and young people in Northern Ireland was 25 per cent higher than neighbouring regions. It also highlighted that 1 in 10 young people have self-harmed and 1 in 8 have thought about, or attempted suicide. Suicide is preventable and we can create hope for our young people by connecting and listening, and providing early interventions and preventions at critical points.

Generation Hope: Youth Suicide Prevention Conference focused on how we can prevent suicide in young people, discussing the factors that influence suicidal behaviour and showed that by including young people in service development and planning can foster hope and save lives.

Thank you to everyone who attended and to our brilliant line up of speakers. 

Running Order

09:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and introduction by Tara Mills, BBC Presenter

Mental Health Champion and presenter Tara Mills
MHC and presenter Tara Mills talking on stage

10:10 – 10:30 Opening Remarks

Professor Siobhan O’Neill, Mental Health Champion and Professor of Mental Health Sciences, Ulster University

MHC opening the Generation Hope Conference

10:30 – 11:30 Keynote One - Suicide and Self-harm in Young People: A New Prevention Challenge?

Presented by Professor Nav Kapur, Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health, University of Manchester

Nav Kapur presenting

11:30 – 12:00 Right Support at the Right Time - Doing it for Themselves

Presented by Crisis Cafe

Crisis Cafe presenting

12:00 – 13:00 Breakout Sessions

Breakout Room 1 – Media and Suicide, Presented by Lorna Fraser, Samaritans

Lorna Fraser presenting

Breakout Room 2 – LGBT+ Youth: Suicide, Prevention and Practice, Presented by Dr Hazel Marzetti, Researcher, University of Edinburgh

Hazel Marzetti presenting

Breakout Room 3 – Postvention: Prevention for the Next Generation after a Suicide, Presented by Barry McGale, Senior Suicide Prevention Consultant and Trainer, Suicide Bereavement UK

Barry McGale presenting

13:00 – 13:45 Break and Lunch

13:45 – 14:45 Keynote Two

Presented by Professor Ella Arensman, Professor of Public Mental Health, University College Cork and Chief Scientist, National Suicide Research Foundation

Ella Arensmann presenting

14:45 – 15:45 Panel Session – Policy Priorities for Youth Suicide Prevention

  • Professor Siobhan O’Neill, Mental Health Champion and Professor of Mental Health Sciences, Ulster University
  • Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland's Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • Caroline King, Area Manager Northern Ireland, PAPYRUS UK
  • Inez Murray
Panel Session at Generation Hope Conference
NI Commissioner for Children and Young People, Koulla Yiasouma, MHC and Tara Mills speaking
Inez Murray and Caroline King speaking

15:45 – 16:00 Closing Remarks

MHC Closing the Generation Hope Conference

You can watch the conference in the video below: