About Us

Who we are

The National Suicide Research Foundation is an independent, multi-disciplinary research unit that investigates the causes of suicide and self-harm in Ireland.

Our diverse research team members come from a broad range of disciplines, including epidemiology, psychology, psychiatry and biostatistics. We are a registered charity (CHY11351) based in Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Ireland.

What we do

We undertake research into varying topics relating to suicide and self-harm in Ireland. Based on this research and its findings, we provide the knowledge base for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention strategies.

We also provide training and positive mental health promotional programmes to a variety of audiences.

Why we do it

The National Suicide Research Foundation was established in 1994 by Dr. Michael Kelleher, at the request of the then Minister for Health, Brendan Howlin TD.

The brief was to conduct research into suicide and suicidal behaviour due to concerns regarding the accuracy of Irish suicide statistics and lack of knowledge of the extent of suicidal behaviour in the country.

Our Aims

  1. To Examine: By monitoring trends, risk factors and protective factors associated with suicide and self-harm
  2. To Intervene: By applying information-based interventions at a local, national and international level.
  3. To Translate: By translating and disseminating research in order to inform and impact on policy and practice.

The Outcome

A solid evidence base for:

1. Policy development and intervention regarding the prevention of suicide

2. The management of patients presenting to Emergency Departments with self-harm.