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Guest lecture by 113 on suicide prevention

  • Saskia Mérelle
Thursday 28 September 2023
Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague

Do you yourself need help?

Are you thinking about suicide? Contact 113 Suicide Prevention 24/7 free and anonymously via 0800-0113 or chat on 113.nl. You can also contact 113 if you do not speak Dutch. Is your life in danger? Call 112 immediately.

About the lecture

According to the World Health Organization, suicide is among the leading causes of death worldwide, with more lives taken by suicide than by malaria, breast cancer, or war and homicide. Moreover, suicide rates among young people have markedly increased in several countries over the last decade. The time to act is now and we need to take suicide prevention more seriously. This lecture will give an outline of important facts & figures and will zoom in on actionable solutions, especially from the 113 Helpline. In the Netherlands, the helpline from 113 Suicide Prevention provides around-the-clock anonymous support by phone and chat, as well as online therapy and coaching.

Saskia Mérelle (epidemiologist) from 113 Suicide Prevention will share their insights in how to prevent suicides. 


This event is open to both students and employees. The spoken language is English. You can also watch the guest lecture via a livestream.

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Saskia Mérelle

Saskia Mérelle is a movement scientist, epidemiologist and senior researcher of the research lines '113 assistance' and 'suicides among young people'. She has 15 years of experience as an epidemiologist in the field of Public Health and Suicide Prevention. Her main interest is the prevention of suicides among young people. She is also project leader of the national implementation of psychosocial autopsy studies.

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