Dinner in Nice (March 2018)

During the 16th European Congress on Psychiatry in Nice, on March 4th 2018, some EPA-SSSP members joined the event “Dinner in Nice”,  which was proposed by Christina Van der Feltz Cornelis. It was an informal dinner in which the participants shared their experiences in scientific research and had the possibility to learn more about one other. The event was a beautiful moment of sharing that reinforced the contacts between members of the section; it was also a great opportunity in particular for young researchers to talk directly with specialists in the field. Participants came from all over the World. The participants were (as they appear in the photo from the left): Patrizia Zeppegno, Carolina Baeza, Iciar Abad, Sofian Berrouiguet, Lucia Loreti, Chiara Guerriero, Armin Schmidtke, Jean-Pierre Kahn, Christina Van der Feltz Cornelis, Sylvia Schaller, Jorge Lopez Castroman, Dinah Weissman, Anna Plaza Estradè, Eleonora Gattoni, Raffaella Calati, Carla Gramaglia. Regrettably our Chair Marco Sarchiapone could not attend the dinner, but was updated and received the photo in real time!

Thank you very much to you all for your participation!

Movie of the Month (February 2018)

In February 2018 we chose a movie for you:

“Dead Poets Society” 

Written by: Tom Schulman
Directed by:  Peter Weir
Starring:  Robin Williams
Year: 1989
Running time: 128’

Plot: The movie talks about a group of students attending the high school, the “Welton Academy” , an all-male, elite school. The teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) uses a quite particular teaching method: he encourages his students to make their lives extraordinary (“carpe diem”). One of these students, Neil, discovers his love for acting and gets the role in a local production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; anyway his father does not agree with his decisions. Professor Keating helps him to realize his potential becoming really important in Neil’s life. The night of the performance Neil’s father goes to see him performing his role on the stage, but then he obliges his son to be enrolled in a military academy. After this talk with his father, Neil eventually commits suicide.

We choose this movie because in this period many Tv Series talk about suicide between teenager population (we talk about this topic in our section Something to talk about in these suggestions: “TV Series & Suicide: The End Of The F****ing World & 13 Reasons Why“; “Echoes of the TV series “13 reasons why” release: an ongoing scientific debate“), and this about 20 years old movie present us an important topic of how can be difficult to relate with young’s problems.

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TV Series & Suicide: The End Of The F****ing World & 13 Reasons Why

From October 2017 on Netflix is available a new series named “The End Of The F****ing World”. The story is about  two teens, Alyssa and James,  who run away from home and start a journey together, full of serious difficulties, in which they learn something about themselves and each other.  

Exactly like “13 Reasons Why”, another Netflix series, the theme of suicide is the key of the story. In “The End Of The F****ing World”, many flashbacks help the viewer to understand James’s family history. The young boy is grieving the devastating loss of his mother and this influences many of his behaviors.

In “The End Of The F****ing World” and  in “13 Reasons Why” we can find how suicidal behaviors influence other people’s life: suicide is a complex tragedy without one singular cause but may affect many people’s life, “the survivors” (to know more about the topic Survivor you can also read our article: “Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington ans Survivors of Suicide Loss“). 

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Scientific News and Reading Suggestions #16 – Jama

Jama Psychiatry published the list of the
Top 5 Articles in 2017. 

The Most Read JAMA Psychiatry Article in 2017
is about suicide:

National Trends in Suicide Attempts Among Adults
in the United States 

Olfson M, Blanco C, Wall M, Liu S, Saha TD, Pickering RP, Grant BF. National Trends in Suicide Attempts Among Adults in the United States. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(11):1095–1103. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.2582

Looking forward to sharing with you
the next scientific news and reading suggestions!

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Scientific News and Reading Suggestions #15

Two hints about suicidology and suicide prevention recently published on high impact medical research journals: BMJ and World Psychiatry. They both talk about suicide mortality after discharge from psychiatric hospitals. 

Here following the themes developed:

  • Suicide, substance use and natural causes are respectively the most important causes of mortality in the first year post discharge from psychiatric hospitals (Large M; on BMJ)
  • Decline in suicide mortality after psychiatric hospitalization for depression in Finland between 1991 and 2014 (Aaltonen KI; on World Psychiatry)

People suffering from psychiatric diseases have higher mortality rate, and this is particularly true for those who have been admitted in a psychiatric hospital and then discharged. It is known that suicide risk is higher in the first 3 months after discharge and remains high through the entire first year (see our previous reading suggestion from JAMA).


To know more you can find the articles on  BMJ and World Psychiatry website at these links: 

Looking forward to sharing with you
the next scientific news and reading suggestions!

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