Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

Section Board

Aims & Objectives

Section's mission

The EPA Section of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention is aimed at improving research in this field and translating research findings into clinical practice. In this sense the Section adheres to a bio-psycho-social perspective and involves an international and multidisciplinary network of researchers and clinicians.

Section's objectives

  1. Raising awareness about suicide as important public health issue and fighting the stigma sourrounding it
  2. Improving understanding of risk and protective factors
  3. Sharing experience and knowledge on suicide prevention
  4. Disseminating best practices on management and treatment of the suicidal patients



EPA-SSSP Business Meeting


EPA-SSSP Section Business Meeting

EPA Congress, Florence, Italy, Firenze Fiera Congress Centre, Piazza Adua, 1, Room 15, Palazzina Lorenese, 1st Floor, Date: Friday, April 4th 2017, Time: 10-11.30 a.m.

After the Welcome from the chair, we had a brief update about EPA-SSSP members. Marco Sarchiapone said a few words concerning the Section, underscoring the large number of Members (this section is the biggest section of EPA) and the intensive work done. The Annual report 2016 was shared as well as information about the last meetings and activities of the section. Participants were informed about the EUDOR projects, which involved several Section members, who had had a Consensus meeting in Rome, March 29-30 2017. The recent experience of the 2nd Roman Forum on Suicide, 30-31 March 2017, Rome, Italy, was shared. Further activities of the Section were discussed: update about the homicide-suicide group and the suicide-homicide group; proposal of the flyers initiative. The possibility of turning EPA Educational Courses on Suicide into a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was discussed. The Section Website was officially presented. 


Venue: EPA Congress, Florence, Italy, Firenze Fiera Congress Centre, Piazza Adua, 1, Room 15, Palazzina Lorenese, 1st Floor

Date: 04/04/2017

EPA Plenary Symposium


EPA Plenary Symposium, April Tuesday, 4 (08:00-09:30) Title: Clinical Management and Treatment of Suicidal Patients Chair: Marco Sarchiapone Co-Chair: Benjamin Sadock Presenters: Philippe Courtet, Clinical use of biomarkers in suicidal behaviours; Vladimir Carli, The patient is suicidal: what should I do as a Clinician?; Judit Balazs, Diagnosing and treating suicidal adolescents; Benjamin Sadock, When your patient dies by suicide: aftermath and implication

Venue: Florence, Italy, April, 1-4, 2017

Date: 04/04/2017

EPA-SSSP Section Symposium


EPA Section Symposium, April Tuesday, 4 (13:15-14:45)

Title:      Social science and biological findings      informing research in suicidal behavior

Chair:    Danuta Wasserman

Co-Chair:             Pilar Saiz

Presenters:        Marco Sarchiapone, Electrodermal reactivity and suicide; Philippe Courtet, Neural patterns in ecological momentary assessment of social stressors; Jorge Lopez Castroman,  A review of advances in social sciences and their application for research in suicidal behavior; Yogesh Dwivedi, MicroRna profiling in postmortem brain and plasma exosomes: biomarkers perspective of suicidality.

Venue: Annual Congress of the European Psychiatry Association, Florence, Italy, April, 1-4, 2017

Date: 04/04/2017

EPA Intersection symposium - Section of Suicide and Suicide Prevention, Section of Old Age Psychiatry


EPA Intersection symposium - Section of Suicide and Suicide Prevention, Section of Old Age Psychiatry, April Sunday, 2 (8:00-9:30)

Title:      Assisted suicide: an issue for old age psychiatry?

Chair: Gabriela Stoppe,

Co-Chair: Patrizia Zeppegno

Presenters:        Patrizia Zeppegno, Suicide and assisted suicide in the elderly: meaning, ethical issues and controversies; Max L. Stek, Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide in The Netherlands in Dementia and Late Life Psychiatric Illness; Gabriela Stoppe, Suicide and assisted suicide in Switzerland : consequences for suicide prevention; Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart, Mental health and social care providers facing requests of assisted suicide from elderly in nursing homes in Switzerland.


EPA Section of Old Age Psychiatry

Venue: Annual Congress of the European Psychiatry Association, Florence, Italy, April, 1-4, 2017

Date: 02/04/2017


Presentations at non-section events


  • The Section’s Website has been totally renewed and since its opening on February 2017 it has received almost 2000 visits. The new website gives access to a varied content, including for instance a list of interesting events (both past and upcoming), a list of members with some information about their interests and a photo, the publications of section Members’, research and educational programs, reading suggestions, suicide-related cultural topics, the results of an online survey about the interests of the members, access to guidelines in the scientific area, access to the photo contest (detailed below) and much more. Please have a look here:

  • Photo contest: The EPA-SSSP first photo contest has been launched and proposed to section members with the aim to stimulate the expression of participants’ thoughts and emotions through photographic images, either traditional or digital. Photographs will be evaluated by a commission that, at its sole discretion, will award three prizes to the best photos and reserve the opportunity to assign special prizes.

  • Since September 2016 we started collecting declarations of interest about a work group on homicide-suicide and suicide-homicide. A review on the topic of homicide-suicide is currently ongoing, and is involving several Section members, and hopefully it will be ready to be submitted next year.

  • Flyers: to cover up the need of more info about suicide in at-risk population, we have decided to create flyers with recommendations and orientations about suicide related topics. The flyers include a short summary outlining the state of the art for a particular topic related to suicidal behavior, and a list of practical highlights and useful links related to this topic, as well as illustrations and algorithms to summarize the main aspects. They are focused on the clinical management of the patients and as close as possible to real practice concerns. Currently, flyers on the following topics are available: Surviving cancer; Prevention of suicide among Migrants; LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender); Prevention of suicide among people with substance use disorders; Postvention. We are planning translation in local languages, and diffusion through NPAs. The flyers will be made available to the public in the next EPA congress and can be already downloaded from the EPA’s and the Section’s websites.

Other Section activities

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