KIND-seminar: Suicide Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Talk to Me!
KIND-seminar (Registration needed):
Suicide Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Talk to Me! A New Initiative of the National Suicide Prevention Program, Germany
By Viktor Kacic and Frank Zimmermann
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Aschaffenburg, Germany
The seminar is free of charge but we want you to sign up (limited seats) by sending an e-mail to Lisa.Wilsson@ki.se stating your name, your title and also your workplace.
Over the last years there has been a increase of depressive disorders in children and adolescents, according to WHO data. Suicidal behavior and self-harm are among the most challenging symptoms to detect and treat among those patients. In the U.S., admissions for suicidal behavior and serious self-harm among 5-to 17-year-olds more than doubled between 2008 and 2015. Moreover, 17.7 % of teens reported seriously considering attempting suicide in 2015, according to the Center of Disease Control. In Germany suicide is the second most common cause of death in adolescents. Particularly girls show suicidal ideation and parasuicidal activities, whereas boys show a considerably higher rate of completed suicide. Remarkably though, in 2015 among the age group of 10 to 14-year olds there were more girls in Germany with completed suicides than boys. Even many other psychiatric disorders than depression increase suicide risk, such as bipolar, schizophrenic, personality, eating and autism spectrum disorders and drug abuse. Still, risk traits of suicide in adolescents are quite versatile. The Child and Adolescent section of the National Suicide Prevention Program in Germany has developed a new initiative by implementing and investigating the effects of a standardized suicide prevention intervention in the primary care sector. We developed a diagnostic guideline that enables practitioners to detect early symptoms of evolving suicidal behavior in adolescents, and also to take action in a potentially suicidal crisis situation. The guideline also offers a standardized endangerment evaluation form and important contact numbers that have can be used in case of emergency. Pilot research on the program provides promising results about feasibility. This seminar gives an overview on the prevention program, the methods used as well as its current implementation in practice.Contact person: Lisa Wilsson