World Mental Health Day

On 10 October 2019, every year, the World Mental Health Day is celebrated to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world and to foster efforts in support of mental health. This year the main theme of the World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention. 

Our section, represented by the Section Chair Marco Sarchiapone, participated in drafting the EPA statement for both the World Suicide Prevention Day and the World Mental Health Day 2019. These statements will be circulated to the NPAs, which will be invited to inform the EPA offices about their activities and initiatives for October 10th, in order to develop a communication strategy to raise visibility and support them.




Scientific News and Reading Suggestions #9

The new reading suggestions are recent publications on BMJ about media and suicide prevention. The first letter talks about the recent TV series “13 Reasons Why” and discusses the possible impact of media on risk behaviours, while the second one focuses on the “edutainment” role of media.
As you know, the WHO published Guidelines for media professionals, who play an important role in suicide prevention, you can find it in our page “Guidelines”.

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

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Scientific News and Reading Suggestions #5

Recently it was the World Suicide Prevention Day,
please remember that you are all encouraged to inform us about what you did about it!

You can find more about WSPD activities in several countries HERE!

By the way here we are with a new reading suggestion!

This time it is from JAMA Psychiatry, which, as you know, with its current IF 15.3 is one of the most important journals in the field of psychiatry.

We suggest you for reading a couple of articles published in the May-June and July issues; they are about a multi-center study of suicide prevention after discharge from Emergecy Department (ED). This research has involved 8 Emergency Departments (EDs) in the United States. It is widely acknowledged that people who have attempted suicide often come to the attention of specialist care only after the gesture. Usually the first psychiatric consultation for suicide attempts occurs in the ED, and 40% of deaths by suicide (15% of self-harm) visited an ED the year before committing suicide; hence the need to implement ad hoc prevention strategies in this specific setting.

The studies we suggest for reading focus on patients with a recent suicide attempt or suicidal ideation, and compare the outcome of two treatment groups (conventional treatment and program of prevention of suicide and self-harm) at a 52 weeks follow-up.

You can find more to read on JAMA Psychiatry website, at these links: 

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

To know more, contact EPA- SSSP e-mail address:

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