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Expert: Suicide can also be prevented


World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2017
Every year, more than 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide. Today, suicides are the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29 year olds. On the occasion of the World Day for Suicide Prevention, DGPPN President Professor Arno Deister therefore calls for the prevention of suicides to be given top priority.

“Every 40 seconds, someone dies of suicide somewhere in the world. Many more people are trying to commit suicide. Suicides occur at all ages and cause more deaths than all wars and natural disasters combined. In many countries, the suicide rate is dramatically high, at over 20 cases per 100,000 people.

The latest statistics from the WHO are concerned and show that suicide prevention must become even more important in the healthcare system. Because suicides can be prevented: in Germany up to 90 percent of suicides are related to a mental illness for which there are effective therapies. It is all the more important that low-threshold offers of help and support are available to those affected nationwide. This is still not enough: Current surveys show that, for example, 18 percent of people with severe depression are not treated at all.

At the same time, we must also promote knowledge about suicide and mental illnesses in healthcare and among the general public. Because most suicides are preceded by warning signals. The better these are recognized, the sooner you can encourage those affected to seek professional help. To prevent suicides, we also need to learn more about their causes and intensify research. There are still many open questions, for example regarding the neurobiology of suicidal behavior. Prevention of suicide can only succeed if politics, science and society give it top priority.

The topic therefore also forms a focus at the World Congress of Psychiatry, which takes place in Berlin from October 8 to 12. National and international experts examine the current state of research, discuss prevention approaches and show perspectives for everyday psychiatric-psychotherapeutic practice. "

World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin
Can stress and fear burn themselves into the human genome? Will modern imaging soon track down the causes of many mental illnesses? What opportunities do apps offer for the treatment of depression? From October 8, 2017, the international research scene in the field of mental health will meet at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin.

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