University hosts European suicide conference

More than 500 experts on suicide will meet at a major event hosted by the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling.

It is hoped the conference, the biggest ever to be held in the UK, will improve understanding of what can be done to help people at risk of suicide.

The 12th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour (ESSSB12) will be opened by Health Minister Shona Robison on Wednesday 27 August.

It highlights Scotland’s place at the forefront of global efforts to understand and prevent deaths by suicide.

Sharing insight

Leading researchers, health care providers and policy makers from around the world will discuss a variety of subjects.

The topics include the role of the media in reporting suicides and treatments that may reduce self-harm in young people.

The conference organisers hope that by sharing cross-cultural experience of suicide prevention, Scotland will meet its target of reducing suicide by 20 per cent.

Suicide prevention is everybody's business - it is an issue which impacts the whole of society - and only by working together will we help the people in greatest need. Scotland has taken a lead in researching this issue, and by sharing our insights with the best international experts we hope to learn lessons that will reduce the risk of suicidal behaviour.

Professor Stephen PlattResearch Unit in Health, Behaviour and Change