World Mental Health Day 2019
devoted to suicide prevention
Worldwide, every year more than 800,000 people die by suicide and the estimated number of suicide attempts is even 10 to 20 times higher. In western countries, the majority of suicides occur in the context of mental illness and depression plays a key role.
EAAD endorses that the WHO has set the topic for this year's World Mental Health Day to focus on suicide prevention and, together with the German Depression Foundation, announces its involvement in a new EU-funded project named MINDUP, lead by EAAD's vice president Prof. Ella Arensman.
MINDUP ("Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings") aims to promote mental health of employees in the workplace by developing, implementing and evaluating various (online) interventions and training materials. The consortium consists of 17 partners from 15 countries, who will start working on this 4-year project in January 2020. The multilevel intervention will address a range of mental health difficulties and psychiatric conditions (depression, anxiety disorders, stress-related symtoms) in the construction, healthcare and IT sector. EAAD's evidence-based 4-level programme and iFightDepression toolkit will be adapted and integrated in the MINDUP-Hub, an online platform that will be developed for employees and managers in the context of the project.
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