Depression, suicide and e-health
The Joint Action is determined to increase the use of evidence-based methods against depression and suicide, and to decrease the burden of depression and the number of suicides.
Suicide is the second main cause of death at the 15-29 years of age group. Suicide has higher frequency amongst middle-aged men and in the elderly.
Suicide could be prevented. There are many evidence-based methods for preventing deliberate self-harm and suicide, but they are only partially exploited in the different European communities.
50-70% of the depressed patients are not diagnosed, in spite of the numerous available medical and mental health facilities and even though depression is a top public health concern.
The main objectives of the Workpackage on Depression, Suicide, including E-Health are:
The main objectives of the working group on Depression, Suicide, including E-Health (Work package, WP4) are:
Building on outcomes of 2008 European Pact for Mental Health, and the new WHO Mental Health Strategy
Proposing recommendations for action for:
- Taking action against depression and to prevent suicide in different target groups (adolescent, young adults, middle age and older people), implementing evidence-based interventions including e-mental health and improving sustainability of good practices
- Disseminating best practices, putting evidence-based tools to action in different communities
- Mediating the impact of economic crises on depression and suicide, focusing on most vulnerable groups
- Promoting trans-national approaches to e-support for minority groups present in more European countries
- Optimizing cooperation between professionals and civil society organizations
- Integrating e-health interventions into the package of health services and clinical practice of health professionals
- Taking further the outcomes of past and ongoing European projects (e.g. SEYLE, WESTAY, SUPREME, IMHPA, EMIP, EAAD, MONSUE, OSPI-Europe, EUREGENAS, MHPHands, PROSPECT, PREDI-NU, PROYOUTH)
- Scaling up involvement of local and international networks, strengthening their cooperation and promoting their sustainability
- Encouraging and supporting key stakeholders for knowledge transfer, education and dissemination of best practices
- Promoting monitoring, quality control and sustainability of evidence-based actions agaist depression and suicide
- Ella Arensman - President of IASP
- Judith Balázs - Chair of the Department of Developmental and Clinical Child Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Eotvos Lorand University; Director for Education and Research Vadaskert Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital
- Detlef Dietrich - Clinical Director and Head of Department, Burghof Klinik Rinteln
- Ulrich Hegerl - President of EAAD
- Ilkka Korhonen - Head of Science & Professor, Tampere University of Technology
- Pim Cuijpers - Professor of Clinical Psychology, VU University Amsterdam
- Norman Sartorius - President of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes
- Zoltán Rihmer - Professor of Psychiatry, Semmelweis University
The expected output of the working group on Depression, Suicide, including E-Health is:
Report with Situation analysis and Recommendations for action against depression and suicide including use of e-health.
- An analysis of current situation and with recommendations on activities, including the use of E-health,
- To be developed by MS and EU agencies that may contribute to the implementation of policies against depression and suicide in Europe.
- The recommendations will be adapted to the varying levels of resources available in countries.