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What Works in Suicide Prevention? Lessons from the 113 Helpline

Tuesday 12 September 2023
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Spanish Stairs

According to the World Health Organization, suicide is among the leading causes of death worldwide, with more lives taken by suicide than by malaria, breast cancer, or war and homicide. Moreover, suicide rates among young people have markedly increased in several countries over the last decade. The time to act is now and we need to take suicide prevention more seriously. This lecture will give an outline of important facts & figures and will zoom in on actionable solutions, especially from the 113 Helpline. In the Netherlands, the helpline from 113 Suicide Prevention provides around-the-clock anonymous support by phone and chat, as well as online therapy and coaching.

Marieke Liem, Professor of Security and Interventions, will give a brief introduction to the field of suicide prevention. Saskia Mérelle (epidemiologist) and Maryke Geerdink (clinical psychologist) from 113 Suicide Prevention will share their insights in how to prevent suicides.

This event takes place at the Spanish Stairs in Wijnhaven and is open to both students and employees.

Marieke Liem

Marieke Liem is professor of Security and Interventions at Leiden University, where she and her team coordinate the European Homicide Monitor. A graduate of University of Cambridge in the U.K., Marieke Liem completed her PhD in Forensic Psychology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Maryke Geerdink

Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist Maryke Wolters-Geerdink works as manager of care at 113 Suicide Prevention. She previously worked at RINO Amsterdam as Deputy Head Trainer for the GZ training and at ARQ Nationaal Psychotrauma Centrum, where she was confronted with suicidality among refugees and asylum seekers. At 113 Suicide Prevention, she is responsible for counselling anonymous help seekers, in chat and on the phone, and for short-term therapy aimed at reducing thoughts of suicide.

Saskia Mérelle

Saskia Mérelle is a movement scientist, epidemiologist and senior researcher of the research lines '113 assistance' and 'suicides among young people'. She has 15 years of experience as an epidemiologist in the field of Public Health and Suicide Prevention. Her main interest is the prevention of suicides among young people. She is also project leader of the national implementation of psychosocial autopsy studies.

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