The European alliance against depression: A multilevel approach to the prevention of suicidal behavior

Ulrich Hegerl, Lisa Wittenburg, Katrin Gottlebe, Ella Arensman, Chantal van Audenhove, Jean Herve Bouleau, Christina M. van der Feltz-Cornelis, Giancarlo Giupponi, Ricardo Gusmão, Maria Kopp, Andrej Marusic, Margaret Maxwell, Ullrich Meise, Högni Óskarsson, Charles Pull, Armin Schmidtke, Victor Pérez Sola, Jyrki Tuulari, Airi Värnik

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Abstract

The European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) was formed in 2004 with funding from the European Commission. The EAAD, which is currently active in 17 countries, creates communitybased networks that use an evidence-based approach to improving care for depressed persons and preventing suicidality. This column describes the creation of EAAD and the cornerstone of the alliance, which is a shared multilevel approach that includes interventions on four levels: education of primary care physicians, a professional public relations campaign, training of community facilitators, and interventions with affected persons and high-risk groups. Several countries have expanded their original model program into other regions or nationwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-599
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume60
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

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