The Consortium network consists of five leading research institutions from the Nordic countries, which are:
- Denmark -Danish Health and Medicines Authority and Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Centre Copenhagen
- Finland – National Insitute for Health and Welfare (THL)
- Iceland – Icelandic Alliance Against Depression (IAAD)
- Norway – The National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (NSSF)
- Sweden – National Prevention of Suicide and Mental Ill-Health at Karolinska Institutet (NASP)
Nordic Consortium on Suicide Prevention’s steering committee
The Nordic Consortium for Evidence Based Research in Prevention of Suicide has a steering committee consisting of representants from the member institutions. The steering committee meets regularly.
The members of the steering committee are:
Chair – Danuta Wasserman (Sweden). Professor of Psychiatry and Suicidology at the Karolinska Institute. Head of the National Prevention of Suicide and Mental Ill-Health (NASP) at Karolinska Institute and Stockholm County Council’s Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention – Director of the WHO Lead Collaborating Centre of Mental Health Problems and Suicide Across Europe.
David Titelman, Associate Professor at Swedish National Prevention of Suicide and Mental Ill-Health, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
Hogni Oskarsson, MD (Iceland). Chairman for The Icelandic Alliance Against Depression.
Jouko Lönnquist (Finland). Professor at The National Insitute for Health and Welfare, Finland.
Kristian Wahlbeck, Research Professor, Deputy Director of Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Finland.
Lars Mehlum (Norway). Professor of Psychiatry and suicidology at the University of Oslo. Director at The National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, Norway.
Latha Nrugham, Researcher at The National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention.
Merete Nordentoft (Denmark). Professor of Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Annette Erlangsen, Senior Researcher at the Research Unit, Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, Denmark.
Information about the member institutions
More information: www.sst.dk/Sundhed%20og%20forebyggelse/Stress%20og%20mental%20sundhed/Selvmordsforebyggelse.aspx | E-mail: sst (at) sst.dk
The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is a research and development institute under the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.THL works to promote the well-being and health of the population, prevent diseases and social problems, and develop social and health services.THL is the statutory statistical authority in health and welfare. The number of staff is 1,300. Suicide prevention activities of THL lie within the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of THL.
More information: www.thl.fi/mentalhealth
Þjóð gegn þunglyndi, Icelandic Alliance Against Depression (IAAD) was established in late 2002 under the auspices of the Directorate of Health in Iceland. The chairman is Högni Oskarsson, MD and the Project co-ordinator is Salbjörg Bjarnadóttir. It has run workshops and seminars for primary health care personnel nation-wide as well as Train the Trainer workshops. Furthermore, the IAAD has organized a series of lectures for lay people as well as professionals and has been represented on community and government committees and task forces. Public awareness campaigns have been organized and run. IAAD is a founding member of the European Alliance Against Depression.
The National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention was established on January 1st 1996 at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. The centre has three main fields of work, all meant to support the work on suicide prevention in Norway: research, dissemination of knowledge and providing advice to relevant institutions. The centre runs, initiates and supervises research projects all over the country. In addition, the centre disseminates research based information through education and information activities, and gives advice to professional groups working on clinical and preventive projects.
In order to spread information and knowledge widely, the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention organizes biennial national conferences and publishes a Norwegian journal called Suicidologi. On our website www.selvmord.no you will find many articles from this journal translated into English.
NSSF is a teaching ground for doctoral fellows and other researchers. Since 2009, NSSF runs a post graduate programme: Masters in Psychosocial Work – Suicide, Intoxication, Violence and Trauma with specialisation in suicide prevention with others centres at the University of Oslo. NSSF also hosts (from 2010) the central administrative office of The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).
Sweden – NASP – National Prevention of Suicide and Mental Ill-Health at Karolinska Institutet
NASP, a division at the Department of Public Health at the Karolinska Institutet, is the national expert agency for suicide prevention and mental ill-health research in Sweden as well as in the Stockholm County Council. NASP is also a collaborating Centre to the WHO offices in Geneva and Copenhagen and advisor to the Public Health and Mental Health Divisions of the European Union (EU). NASP uses a multidisciplinary approach of epidemiological, clinical and biological research methods in studying risk and protective factors involved in suicidal behaviours.
NASP leads a Consortium of European Centres of Excellence in the field of research in suicidology and suicide prevention, and is the principal investigating body in the following EU projects: SEYLE (Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe), WE-STAY (Working in Europe to Stop Truancy among Youth) and SUPREME (Internet and Media Based Suicide Prevention). NASP also collates, analyses and disseminates the most current evidence-based knowledge from WHO- and EU reports and policy documents on its website.
NASP provides a one-week research course on scientifically evaluated interventions in suicide prevention, a master degree program (Master in Public Health Sciences with a Focus on Mental Health and Suicide prevention), and a single-subject course for clinicians, a 22,5 credit program “Suicide prevention – theory and practice” and a two-day course for teachers and school staff “Love is the best kick”, which gives an introduction to suicide prevention in schools.