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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Understanding and Preventing Suicide and Suicidal Behavior

With a focus on young people
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This summer school will inspire you to learn more  about this tragedy called suicide- that many people suffer from. We accomplish this through interactive lectures, and workshops from experts in the field of suicide prevention. Also, there will be brainstorm sessions throughout the week for students to challenge them to form their own Zero Suicide plan. You will have a chance to present your plan to your fellow students at the end of the summer school.

The summer school is a unique collaboration between the University of Groningen, and Surenet (Suicide Research Network the Netherlands).

The summer school invites students and researchers from social sciences, humanities, medical sciences and computer science to participate. Our goal is to inspire a new generation of students and researchers, and to stimulate them to explore new collaborations and directions to decrease the burden of suicidality among people throughout the world.

Practical information
2 - 6 June 2024

Groningen, the Netherlands (University of Groningen)
Amsterdam, the Netherlands (113 Suicide Prevention)

The summer school will primarily be held at the University of Groningen with one day during Summer School programme being held at 113 Suicide Prevention in Amsterdam.

BA and MA students, PhD students, professionals,

junior researchers and postdoctoral researchers.

(including lunch)

€ 150 for Bachelor and Master students, research assistants and students from low- and middle income countries

€ 295 PhD students, junior researchers and postdoctoral researchers

€ 500 for professionals
Academic coordinator

Dr. Diana van Bergen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences




This course is designed for BA and MA students, PhD students, professionals, junior researchers and postdoctoral researchers. The students and researchers should have an interest in mental health and a background in Social Sciences, Humanities, Medical Sciences, or Computer Science.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

1. The participant will have knowledge of the risk factors and protective factors for people with suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior.   

2. The participant understand which interventions are effective in treating suicidal complaints according to the latest scientific evidence.

3. The participant has gained understanding in different methodologies and their approaches to prevent (attempted) suicides.    

4. The participant has gained understanding of  different research disciplines and their contributions to the field.

5. The participant knows how to collaborate with fellow students/researchers and has developed and presented their ideas on the prevention of suicides.  

Workload and certificate

Including the actual lectures, hours of preparation for the participants' zero suicide masterplan, the preparation of their presentation, the preparation of the literature (prior to the summer school- and during the summer school)- the workload for our summer school will be 40 hours.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Course schedule

Students and researchers will follow lectures with the following topics:

  • Introduction to suicide research risk factors and protective factors

  • Treatment interventions

  • Psychopathology (and comorbidity) in people with suicidal complaints

  • Tour of the national helpline of 113 Suicide Prevention

  • Machine learning and AI in suicidal behaviour

  • Presentations by participants


1. Diana van Bergen, PhD

2. Kim Setkowski, PhD

3. Saskia Merelle, PhD

4. Nikki van Eijk, Msc

More will be announced shortly!

Application procedure

To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please note you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • CV of one page
  • Letter of motivation of maximum of 300 words

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis. The last moment for submitting your application is 25 March 2024.

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