VU researcher Özlem Eylem (PhD candidate) receives Early Career Research Grant

Özlem Eylem has been awarded with the "Early Career Research Grant" for public engagement by the Centre for Mind in Society

06/11/2018 | 3:52 PM

Özlem Eylem has been awarded with the "Early Career Research Grant" for public engagement by the Centre for Mind in Society. The award will be used to organize a public event related with my PhD project (Kıyma Canına: e-mental health service for managing suicidal thoughts among Turkish migrants in the Netherlands and in the UK). There is an elevated risk for suicide among Turkish-speaking migrants. They are less likely to engage with psychological services because of the stigma and shame attached to suicide.

Previously, to generate public interest to this issue,  Eylem co-organized a Public Forum about the issues around suicide and Kıyma Canına at the House of Commons. This forum has been nominated as one of the finalists for the interaction category of the public engagement award by the Centre for Public Engagement, Queen Mary University of London.  In collaboration with the Women`s Platform UK, she decided to organize a follow-up event to encourage people “to think outside the box” about suicide and e-mental health as a novel way of help-seeking. We are hoping to achieve this by combining an exhibition with a workshop called “Moments”. The event will be held within the last week of September in London.

Watch the promotional video about her project prepared by the Centre for Public Engagement Queen Mary University of London.