Suicide prevention and research

Head of the department

PhDr. Petr Winkler

Workgroup on Suicide Prevention and Research examines suicidal behavior in the population. The aim of the research is a suicide prevention via identification of high-risk groups and evaluation of interventions on suicide prevention. We are also looking at trends in suicides in association to economic, social and environmental factors.

World Mental Health Day 2019

On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day 10 October 2019, which this year has the theme of suicide prevention, WHO & NIMH publishes a publication Situational Analysis of Suicide Prevention in the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Czech Ministry of Health and IHIS CR.

Abstract: Situational Analysis of Suicide Prevention in the Czech Republic is a comprehensive document mapping epidemiology of self-harm and suicide in past years in the Czech Republic. As it is intended to be a cornerstone for the upcoming national action plan for suicide prevention, the document includes a SWOT analysis of interviews with representatives of the relevant institutions, services and care users. Among the vulnerable populations, older men have the highest suicide rates, and among young people aged 15-24, suicide is the second leading cause of death. Border regions are those with the highest suicide rates. In a recent epidemiological survey, increased suicide risk was identified in  3.8% of the Czech population of whom nearly half did not seek professional help in the past year. In the final part, the preventive measures are proposed in several key areas suggested by WHO. These stem from the evidence and previous projects.


Situation Analysis of Suicide Prevention in the Czech Republic                         Situační analýza prevence sebevražd
v České republice




Team members

Bechyňová, Laura, Mgr.
Kasal, Alexandr, Mgr.

RP1 Experimental Neurobiology RP2 Public Mental Health RP3 Applied Neuroscience and Neuroimaging RP4 Epidemiological and Clinical Research in Addictions RP5 Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology RP6 Brain Electrophysiology RP7 Clinical Research of Mental Disorders RP8 Translational Neuroscience International Cooperation Department AD Centrum Publications Ongoing Projects Pharmaceutical Industry-Sponsored Research Ethics Commission Postgraduate Students Conferences & Seminars Awards International Course 2015
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