Patients, family members and professionals discuss suicide prevention at the Andalusian School of Public Health

The Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP) celebrates this Thursday, together with the Granada Patient Societies Platform, the day of suicide prevention ‘Catch Life’, which brings together more than 360 people to analyze it at its headquarters in Granada and in virtual format. Reflects and discusses strategies and programs to prevent and pay attention to the phenomenon of suicide and suicidal behavior.

Professionals from different fields interested in suicide prevention, such as Mental Health, Primary Care, Education or Social Services, and representatives of the association movement of people who have lost their sick and loved ones by suicide are attending the conference. .

The aims of the meeting include raising awareness about the magnitude of the impact of suicide, learning about good prevention practices, reflecting on bullying and cyberbullying, discussing the humanization of the health system in the care of suicidal behavior, and learning about care in services. Give a voice to people affected by mental health and socio-health care and suicidal behavior in the province of Granada.

Trinidad Rus, Director-General of Socio-Health Care, Mental Health, and Supplements at the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs, in his speech, “emphasized the support of the Andalusian Government to Mental Health, which has been given a priority purpose in this legislative body”. Rus also highlighted the advances in Mental Health research taking place in Andalusia with the community’s participation in the European Alliance Against Depression and Suicide, through a research project led by the Virgen Mental Health Unit director. del Rocío Hospital, Benedicto Crespo-Facorro and participation in the MenteScopia project.

Antonio Hermoso Quintana, Spokesperson for the Granada Platform for Patient Organizations, emphasizes that “organizing these conferences for associations is another way to talk about suicide and contribute to raising awareness of this major problem in society in general.” ACCU Granada, who is also president of the Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis association, points out that this issue needs to be addressed globally, as “suicide is something that challenges us all, and trying to work in prevention should be part of the answer. encompasses society.” Hermoso stressed that “we must talk about suicide and try to break the stigma and see it as a private issue that only affects the family sphere and that different administrations are involved in working in this field.”

One aim of the conference, says Hermoso, is “to bring together professionals from different fields and learn about what is being done in this field so that we can work with a global and inclusive vision”. The Andalusian School of Public Health, the institution of the Ministry of Health and Consumption, contributes to the activities of the event by presenting the socio-sanitary and public health vision implied by suicide prevention. The institution in Granada has been conducting various training activities for professionals for years, organizing scientific meetings and consultancy projects on raising awareness, preventing and coping with suicidal behavior.

Ángel Luis Mena Jiménez, scientific coordinator of the conference and collaborator from the EASP in the Andalusian suicide prevention strategy of the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs, said, “For both professionals and all agents involved in suicide prevention, it is necessary to know the different strategies and good practices to develop effective programs and actions. Space”, where such a meeting is enriching and mutual learning, without forgetting to listen firsthand to the views and reflections of survivors and survivors of suicide attempts.

One of the priority areas of action of the Junta de Andalucía is prevention and approach in childhood and adolescence. To this end, a roundtable was organized with professionals in the field of Health and Education, attended by María Consuelo Lillo Moreno, psychiatrist of the Jerez Child and Youth Mental Health Unit. In her talk, she presented her experiences using a specific suicide prevention protocol for children and adolescents.

The program started in 2016 and is based on a community-coordinated perspective. “Our experience,” Lillo explained, “has been very positive in terms of larger and better detection of cases and, above all, thanks to Primary Care interventions, we were able to work from the beginning of their detection and institute consultants to talk to people at risk about death and suicide, explore risks and detect detection. “Our knowledge and communication allowed many mild cases to be handled properly by them, and moderate to severe ones were treated by Mental Health professionals in a very short time.”

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