SUPRANET Community (WC2017-092)


Starting date: 01/10/2017

My PhD research project aims to evaluate an implementation program for prevention of suicide. It is a public health study called SUPRANET Community (Suicide Prevention Action Network) and it investigates the implementation of SUPRANET Community in six Dutch regions and the effect on suicide rates in the regions (communities) compared to the rest of the Netherlands.

Suicidal people usually suffer not only from psychological problems, but also experience problems in different areas of life, such as work, relationships, finances and physical health. Statistics Netherlands provides insight into profiles of Dutch high-risk groups, among which middle-aged men with social security benefits, and thus creates the possibility to identify and treat people at an early stage.

These profiles show that preventive measures for suicidal people are not only a responsibility for health care, but for everyone. Education, social services, benefits agencies, police and many more parties are stimulated to contribute to suicide prevention. More and more countries therefore opt to join the forces in their community and introduce a multi-level approach.

At the start of 2017 the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) program was introduced in the Netherland. This program against depression and suicidality consists of interventions on four levels:

1) increasing the awareness of depression and suicide by local media campaigns

2) training local gatekeepers such as policemen

3) targeting high risk persons in the community

4) training and support of professionals in primary care settings.

The implementation of these four level intervention program started in six Dutch pilot regions, each of them labelled as a Suicide prevention action network (SUPRANET). The Supranet Community program will be evaluated on its reach and effectiveness.