Country: Europe; Chile
Forum: Mental health
Established in 2008, the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) is an international non-profit organization involved in European research projects targeting depression and suicide prevention. Based in Leipzig, Germany, the Alliance has several European members and more than 100 regional network partners in Europe.
The Alliance aims to prevent suicidal behavior and improve the care of patients with depression through action-oriented, community-based public health interventions. These interventions operate at 4 levels:
One evaluation of a 4-level program in the Hungarian town of Szolnok demonstrated a sharp decline in suicide rates from 30 per 100,000 in 2004 (before the project was started) to 12 per 100,000. This 60% decrease was significantly greater than that observed across Hungary and in the control region.
Going forward, the EAAD has identified the following action areas: