Youlead Youth Mental Health Research webinars

1ST Annual Youth Mental Health Research Meeting -Informing Policy, Changing Practice

The conference will take the form of a series of Lunchtime Webinars from (1-2pm) from Monday 5th to Friday 9th October 2020.

The Conference Committee:

  • Gary Donohoe, YOULEAD Director, Meeting co-chair
  • Caroline Heary YOULEAD co-investigator, Meeting co-chair
  • Emma Frawley, YOULEAD research trainee
  • Emer Conneely, YOULEAD research trainee
  • Brian Keane, Youth advisor
  • Emily Atkinson, Youth advisor
  • Olive O’Grady, Program Co-ordinator

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Webinar Series:

Monday 5th Oct 1-2pm – Public health approaches to youth mental health & wellbeing:

Prof. Margaret Barry (NUI Galway) -Effective Strategies for promotion of youth mental health and wellbeing

Prof. Siobhan O’Neill (Ulster University) – Suicide prevention in young people – current issues and challenges

Followed by Q&A

Tuesday 6th Oct 1-2pm – Evidence based online interventions for youth mental health difficulties

Claudette Pretorius & Darragh McCashin (UCD) – An Overview of Technology Enabled Youth Mental Health: Perspectives from a European Project

Dr Gary O’Reilly  (UCD) – Those Pesky gNATs: Online tools for CBT in young people.

Followed by Q&A

Wednesday 7th Oct 1-2pm –Understanding the anxiety epidemic in young people: before, and during, Covid-19

Dr Aileen O’Reilly (Jigsaw & UCD) –  Understanding and responding to youth anxiety pre and post Covid19

Professor Cathy Creswell (University of Oxford) – Interventions for anxiety disorders in Youth Mental Health

Followed by Q&A

Thursday 8th Oct 1-2pm – Building youth mental health services

YOULEAD Youth advisory panel  – Reaching for help: A spoken word presentation based on lived experience. In collaboration with

Keynote Address by Professor Max Birchwood (University of Warwick) -Youth mental health services research  – Learning from the past, building for the future.

Followed by Q&A

Friday 9th Oct 1-2pm – A panel discussion focused on understanding and overcoming the barriers to youth mental health services.

Facilitated by Dr Tony Bates, Founder of Jigsaw.   

Panellists: Professor Max Birchwood (University of Warwick), Mr. Ian Power (CEO,, Dr Niall Muldoon (The Children’s Ombudsman), Professor Barbara Dooley (UCD & Jigsaw) and representatives from our YOULEAD Youth Advisory Panel.