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Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

WHO and public health authorities around the world are acting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress throughout the population. The considerations presented in this document have been developed by the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as a series of messages to support mental and psychosocial well-being in different target groups during the outbreak.

Coping with stress during COVID-19

Long term effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy

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The adolescents that had lower scores on hopelessness after treatment showed long-term effects in terms of reductions in suicide attempts and self-harm. Important findings are presented in this new article in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Mehlum et al) on the long-term follow-up of adolescents having received Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) or Enhanced Usual Care (EUC). Long term effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy versus enhanced usual care for adolescents with self‐harming and suicidal behavior


The Norwegian journal Suicidologi

– the only scientific journal on suicide research and prevention in the Nordic region. Current issue

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Statistics concerning the occurrence of suicide in both Norwegian and international contexts.

Other Norwegian resources

The VIVAT program is an education program in suicide prevention for health personnel, established in 2001.

The organization LEVE (Landsforeningen for etterlatte ved selvmord), has provided support in the aftermath of suicide since 1999. Visit them at