Depression, suicide and e-health


Guided E-mental health can be effective for various mental disorders and E-health solutions increase the treatment possibilities and lower its costs.
The suicide rate in Europe is 11.4/100 000. (15.0/100 000 for males and 8.0/100 000 for females).
The Joint Action is determined to increase the use of evidence-based methods against depression and suicide, and to decrease the burden of depression and the number of suicides.
Until 2020, depression will be the second most frequent cause of disability, posing new priority challenges on labour market.


The main objectives of the Workpackage on Depression, Suicide, including E-Health are:


The main objectives of the working group on Depression, Suicide, including E-Health (Work package, WP4) are:

Building on outcomes of 2008 European Pact for Mental Health, and the new WHO Mental Health Strategy

Proposing recommendations for action for:

  • Taking action against depression and to prevent suicide in different target groups (adolescent, young adults, middle age and older people), implementing evidence-based interventions including e-mental health and improving sustainability of good practices
  • Disseminating best practices, putting evidence-based tools to action in different communities
  • Mediating the impact of economic crises on depression and suicide, focusing on most vulnerable groups
  • Promoting trans-national approaches to e-support for minority groups present in more European countries
  • Optimizing cooperation between professionals and civil society organizations
  • Integrating e-health interventions into the package of health services and clinical practice of health professionals
  • Taking further the outcomes of past and ongoing European projects (e.g. SEYLE, WESTAY, SUPREME, IMHPA, EMIP, EAAD, MONSUE, OSPI-Europe, EUREGENAS, MHPHands, PROSPECT, PREDI-NU, PROYOUTH)
  • Scaling up involvement of local and international networks, strengthening their cooperation and promoting their sustainability
  • Encouraging and supporting key stakeholders for knowledge transfer, education and dissemination of best practices
  • Promoting monitoring, quality control and sustainability of evidence-based actions agaist depression and suicide

Scientific Committee

  • Ella Arensman - President of IASP
  • Judith Balázs - Chair of the Department of Developmental and Clinical Child Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Eotvos Lorand University; Director for Education and Research Vadaskert Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital
  • Detlef Dietrich - Clinical Director and Head of Department, Burghof Klinik Rinteln
  • Ulrich Hegerl - President of EAAD
  • Ilkka Korhonen - Head of Science & Professor, Tampere University of Technology
  • Pim Cuijpers - Professor of Clinical Psychology, VU University Amsterdam
  • Norman Sartorius - President of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes
  • Zoltán Rihmer - Professor of Psychiatry, Semmelweis University


The expected output of the working group on Depression, Suicide, including E-Health is:

Report with Situation analysis and Recommendations for action against depression and suicide including use of e-health.

  • An analysis of current situation and with recommendations on activities, including the use of E-health,
  • To be developed by MS and EU agencies that may contribute to the implementation of policies against depression and suicide in Europe.
  • The recommendations will be adapted to the varying levels of resources available in countries.

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