About Project Semicolon

Project Summary

The overall objective of Project Semicolon is to contribute to the prevention of suicidality (suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and suicide) in the world.

Suicide accounts for 2% of all years of life prematurely lost. Suicide is never the consequence of a single cause or stressor and its rates change between regions and local communities as well as over time and within various risk groups. The existing discrepancies in suicide rates within Member states and Regions demonstrate the need for tailoring distinctive approaches according to local and regional contexts. Project Semicolon aims, therefore, to contribute to the prevention of suicidality (suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and suicide) Worldwide through the development and implementation of strategies for suicide prevention.

Specific Objectives

The specific objectives are to:

  • Identify and catalogue good practices of existing actions and strategies on suicide prevention
  • Develop and disseminate guidelines and toolkits on suicide prevention  and awareness raising strategies
  • Develop the technical specifications for an integrated model for e-mental healthcare oriented at suicide prevention
  • Improve knowledge and capabilities among local and regional professionals (i.e. psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs)

Furthermore, Project Semicolon aims to develop guidelines and promote evidence-based good practices that can be included in the Mental Health Compass.