Research at Pieta House

Information in this section of the website relates to research conducted and facilitated by Pieta House.

Researchers are afforded a unique opportunity to better understand suicide and deliberate self-harm due to the generosity and willingness of our clients to share their experiences.

If you have any queries about any aspect of research at Pieta House please contact the Director of Research, Dr Paul Surgenor, using the form in the Getting Involved section.

The aim of the Research Department is to conduct and facilitate research that improves the quality of service offered at Pieta House and improves our understanding of suicide and deliberate self-harm.

We achieve this by working with like-minded organisations, researchers, clinicians, academics, mental health professionals, and third-level students with a background in research methods.

While we’re always keen to collaborate on research projects, the rights and protection of our clients and their families, and our staff always come first.  All research is strictly non-intrusive and governed by strict ethical guidelines. Before any research can be conducted at Pieta House it must have received approval from an established research ethics committee (see Getting Involved for additional information).

We do not provide a referral service for other research projects. Likewise, we do not select or filter clients for research with external groups or pass personal information about our clients, their histories or treatment to any third parties.

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