Conference to explore ways of preventing suicide

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On September 15th, Friday, the biggest training institution for teachers in the nation – Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences will have a conference about suicide prevention opportunities and good foreign countries experiences.

During the conference partners of the project: Estonia-Sweden mental health and Suicidology Institute (Estonia), National suicide research and prevention centre (Sweden), Adult education centre “Imanta” (Latvia) will present suicide prevention opportunities.

Estonia and Sweden, which are partners of the project are ready to share their good experience. From 1994 to 2009 Estonia has reduced number of suicide deaths 42 to 14 per 100 000 inhabitants (more than 60%). In Sweden, several educational suicide preventive programmes have been financed by the Swedish government and county councils, and implemented by the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental lll-Health.

The mortality rate (standardised) due to suicide was 30.41 per 100 000 population in 2015 in Lithuania. Within the following three years, the Health Strategy of Lithuania aims at lowering this number by 36 per cent, to 19.5 cases, while in 2025 – even by up to 60.5 per cent, to 12 cases. However, in recent years – from 2012 to 2015 the degree of success in reducing the mortality rate reached a mere 1.6 per cent, conducted National Audit Office of the Republic of Lithuania.RROSE

This conference is organized for Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, together with its partners, carrying out “NordPLUS” project “Reducing risk of Suicide by Education”: Estonia-Sweden Mental Health and Suicidology Institute (Estonia), National suicide research and prevention centre (Sweden), Adult education centre “Imanta” (Latvia). The project is coordinated by science association – Lithuanian College of Democracy.

The goal of this initiative is to invite research conducting institutions and non-governmental organisations for cooperation and to create high quality suicide prevention material and programme for independent adult learning. information