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OPENS Work Room “Truths and Misconceptions of Young People about Suicide”

14. May OPENS office, Laze Telečkog 2, Novi Sad

The purpose of OPENS Work Room of volunteers is to provide the space to volunteers and young activists to think of activities for other young people.

On Tuesday, 15 May, we will hang out with the volunteers from Centar “Srce”, Milica Bogdanović and Jelena Đaković who will hold the workshop – “Truths and Misconceptions of Young People about Suicide”.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS TOPIC?: Suicide is a large problem of humanity and a global phenomenon present at the world level. In the second half of the 20th century, the number of people who were taking their own lives was increasing from year to year. For the last 45 years, it has increased for 60%. In the 21st century, the trend of mild decrease of number of suicides is recorded.

The indicator of the number of executed suicides at a certain territory is called suicide rate and it is a number of executed suicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Every 19 hours, a person takes his or her life in Vojvodina. Our country is almost at the top of the list when it comes to the suicide rate in Europe.

This social problem hits all age groups, however, what is worrying is that it is growing among young people, i.e. the second cause of death among people aged 15 to 30 is suicide.

The purpose of the workshop is to inform and educate young people about suicide as a social and health problem, as well as the development of skills for the recognition of factors which indicate the risk of suicide. The workshop includes the topics:
Facts and misconceptions
Current situation here and in the world
Intentions and feelings of suicidal people
Conversation with the person who is thinking about suicide
Risk factors and risk groups
Who to contact for help

The workshop is intended for: young people aged 15 to 30, especially students who are educated in the field of humanity sciences, pupils of high-schools as well as all other people interested in the topic of the prevention of suicide.

The applications of participants are mandatory and will last until 13 May at 12 p.m.
The selected participants will be sent an email of the confirmation of the participation in the workshop on Monday, 13 May.

The participation in the workshop is free of charge with the application at the following link:

Time and place of the workshop: Tuesday, 14 May, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Laze Telečkog 2, European Youth Capital Novi Sad

OPENS Working Room is organised in cooperation with CENTAR SRCE from Novi Sad. Centar “Srce”, centre for emotional support and prevention of suicide from Novi Sad is a unique organization in Serbia and the region which exists for 25 years and which dedicates a lot of attention to the problem of suicide. Taking into account the recommendations of WHO and IASP, Centar “Srce” is organising actions with the purpose of helping people in crises and those who think about suicide throughout the year.