JA on Implementation of
Best Practices in the area
of Mental Health
The first training within the ImpleMENTAL’s Work package 6 (WP6 – Suicide prevention), “The SUICIDE RISK CODE – Model of continuity of care in Spain”, will take place online (via Zoom) on 29th September 9-13:00 MET.
A follow-up session for this training is planned for 7th October 9-11:00 MET. This will also take place online.
The training is intended for everyone, NOT ONLY JA ImpleMENTAL/WP6 participants: It is for: mental health professionals, decision-makers, researchers, representatives from professional organizations, experts by own experience incl. carers/family-members, ethicists as well as any other mental health stakeholders or persons with a special interest in the topic.
More information about “The SUICIDE RISK CODE – Model of continuity of care in Spain” training
The possibility to intervene in suicide attempts or suicidal ideation through primary and secondary suicide prevention programs, represents one of the most important challenges in preventive medicine. In this context, secondary prevention, which includes an active follow-up after discharge from the emergency room for suicidal behaviour, has proven to be particularly effective.
In 2014 the region of Catalonia/Spain started a multilevel suicide secondary prevention program, called Código Riesgo de Suicidio (CRS), in English Suicide Risk Code (SRC). Since 2021, the Mental Health Action Plan of the Spanish National Health System requires the development of SRC in all Spanish regions.
The Suicide Risk Code procedure includes a set of measures aiming to improve the continuity of care of patients with high suicidal risk and to assure the linking of these patients to the mental health system. This procedure includes, among others, the identification of the patients at risk, the coordination between professionals and/or the reduction of the waiting time for an outpatient follow-up visit.
The final objective of the Suicide Risk Code is to reduce mortality by suicide and to avoid i.e., reduce the number of future attempts.
In this specific training, participants will learn:
– why this procedure is needed and how it can contribute to suicide prevention;
– about the main objectives of the SRC procedure;
– who the target population is;
– how persons at risk can be detected and registered;
– which kind of risk assessment is used;
– how continuity of care is assured;
– which kind of protocol of care is used for the person of risk;
– how the follow-up is performed and
– which kind of professionals participate in the process.
Trainers will elaborate on their experience with the implementation of the procedure in 4 different regions of Spain providing details on the most important barriers and facilitating factors.
There will be time for open discussion, generally and specifically on crucial issues such as confidentiality, proactive management and stigma.
We look forward to your participation!