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Education and awareness programmes for adults: Selected and multilevel approaches in suicide prevention 

Education and awareness programmes for adults: Selected and multilevel approaches in suicide prevention
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Education and awareness programmes for adults: Selected and multilevel approaches in suicide prevention
Author(s):

Ulrich Hegerl

, Sandra Dietrich

, Tim Pfeiffer-Gerschel

, Lisa Wittenburg

, and David Althaus

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0066
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date: 18 August 2019

Awareness campaigns and multilevel intervention programmes from different countries and continents, their effects on suicidality, as well as limitations of these programmes, are presented and discussed.

Experiences from multilevel interventions, such as the Nuremberg Alliance Against Depression in Germany, show that awareness campaigns develop the strongest effect when combined with other measures to create a synergistic effect. Awareness campaigns draw the attention and interest of primary care providers to activities focusing on depression and suicidality, and make it easier for them to consult with patients with psychiatric diagnoses and motivate them concerning treatment, not least because awareness campaigns can contribute to improving community mental health knowledge. Finally, for those affected by depression or other mental disorders, public campaigns reduce the perceived stigma, thus, lessening the isolation which contributes to despair and suicide risk.

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