Depression, suicide and e-health


Until 2020, depression will be the second most frequent cause of disability, posing new priority challenges on labour market.
50-70% of the depressed patients are not diagnosed, in spite of the numerous available medical and mental health facilities and even though depression is a top public health concern.
The suicide rate in Europe is 11.4/100 000. (15.0/100 000 for males and 8.0/100 000 for females).
Suicide could be prevented. There are many evidence-based methods for preventing deliberate self-harm and suicide, but they are only partially exploited in the different European communities.


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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