European Parliament Interest Group on Mental Health, Well-being and Brain Disorders, the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe (GAMIAN-Europe) together with Expert Platform on Mental Health -Focus on Depression (EPD)- organized on November 9th 2016 a round table to discuss one of the most important public health challenges: Suicide.
It is estimated that every year more than 800,000 people around the world commit suicide, with many more attempting it. It leaves behind broken families and damaged communities. Due to social taboos and stigma, suicide remains under-reported and poorly understood.For background, please find also enclosed the Lancet paper, ‘Suicide prevention strategies revisited: 10-years systematic review,’ which was initiated by EPD.
The Interest Group Meeting had the participation of Nessa Children, MEP , Professor Josef Zohar ( President of Expert Platform), Hilkka Karkkainen (President of GAMIAN-Europe) and Herta Adam (European Commission, DG Santé). Despite patient and mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin was not able to attend he shared with the participants his own experience through a video.