CHUA marks suicide prevention month with series of activities

The initiatives form part of the campaign organized worldwide by the International Association for Suicide Prevention

The Psychiatry Service of the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve (CHUA) promotes, during the month of September and until the 10th of October, a series of activities within the scope of the campaign “September – Month of Suicide Prevention”. 

According to the organization, «the objective of this initiative is to raise awareness of the issue of suicide, a relevant problem in the Algarve, as well as to promote awareness of the role that each person, municipalities and different community structures can play in suicide prevention. and mental illness'.

Therefore, «these actions in the community also aim to contribute to the reduction of the stigma associated with mental illness».

The initiatives are part of the campaign organized worldwide by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, which has the support, in Portugal, of the National Mental Health Plan, the Portuguese Society of Suicidology, the National Suicide Prevention Plan, the Local Health ACES Barlavento and the Regional Coordination of Mental Health.

The program includes initiatives that take place in several municipalities, developed by the respective Community Mental Health Teams and with the participation of other service technicians.

The initiatives started on the 1st of September with an exhibition that will be on display throughout the month in the halls of the Hospital Units of Faro and Portimão do CHUA with information on depression, suicide prevention and stigma reduction in mental illness. The exhibition ends on October 10th, the date on which the World Mental Health Day is celebrated.

Within the scope of Literacy in Mental Health, throughout the month of September, users who pass through the CHUA units will also have access to informative messages transmitted on the screens of the waiting rooms or through information leaflets made available by professionals.

As in recent years, public buildings in several municipalities in the Algarve will be illuminated with yellow light, alluding to this campaign.

Various activities will also be carried out throughout the Algarve, with a view to raising awareness of this theme, such as debates, presentations, concerts, gatherings and recreational-sports events.


General program:

September 1st:
9:00 am | Hospital Units of Portimão and Faro – SHOWER
– Opening of the Campaign with placement of banners and exhibitions in the atriums of these units

September 2st:
Portimão and Lagoa
– Distribution of informative pamphlets on the main streets (shopping area) Portimão and Lagoa

September 9st:
10h00 – 13h00 | Monchique market
– Distribution of informational pamphlets

September 15st:
10h00 – 12h00 | Community Center at Aldeia das Sobreiras – Portimão
– Mental Health Promotion Session for the Senior population

September 16st:
10h00 – 13h00 | Portimão Municipal Market
– Distribution of informational pamphlets

19 September
21:00 | Portimão Museum Auditorium
– Solidarity concert, with Paulo Viegas and Escola Música Novas Artes

20 September
Time to be defined | Lagos City Hall Auditorium
– Debate “Building Suicide Prevention in the Community”, with the presence of representative entities of the Community (Civil Protection Firefighters, Schools, among others)

21 September
10h00 – 13h00 | Lagos Municipal Market
– Distribution of informational pamphlets

23 September
10:30 am – 13:00 pm | Unit Auditorium Faro – SHOWER

– Discussion session, open to CHUA officials


10:30 am | Opening session: September Suicide Prevention Month and the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health
11:00 am | Communication “Suicide – let's talk about the elephant in the room” | Dr. Dimitri Krupka, Intern of Specific Psychiatry Training CHUA-Faro
12:00 | Communication: “Suicide attempts and their assessment in the emergency department in the year 2021” | Nurse Carolina Marques and Nurse Cátia Martineira
12:30 pm | closing session

10h00 – 13h00 | Lagoa Municipal Market
– Distribution of informational pamphlets

27 September
10h00 – 12h00 | Carlos Parede Auditorium – Lagoa
– Debate “Building Suicide Prevention in the Community”, with the presence of representative entities of the Community (Civil Protection Firefighters, Schools, among others)

14h00 – 16h00 | Carlos Parede Auditorium – Lagoa (still to be confirmed)
– Session on “Promotion of Mental Health for the Senior Population”

29 September
15:20 pm | Manuel Nascimento Elementary School – Monchique
– Awareness session aimed at students on the themes “Depression”, “Suicide Prevention”, “Stigma” and “Promotion of Mental Health”.

30 September
14:30 pm – 16:30 pm | Portimão Unit Auditorium – CHUA
– Campaign Closing Session, with cultural moment and various performances

10 October
9:30 am | Portuguese Youth Institute (IPDJ), Faro
– Session for the youth community on the topics: “Psychosis: warning signs and prevention” by the team of the Nucleus for Early Intervention in Psychosis of the Psychiatry Service 1 Faro and “Digital/technological dependencies” by the Pedopsychiatry Unit Team.

On dates yet to be determined:
– Film Sessions, in conjunction with Cineclube de Faro – 3 sessions during the month of September and October, with viewing of films related to the theme of Mental Health and subsequent discussion.
– Lectures, aimed at Secondary School Students in Portimão, Faro and Silves on the themes “Depression”, “Suicide Prevention”, “Stigma” and “Mental Health Promotion”.
– Integration of this event in the Sports/Cultural Activities already existing in the Programs of the Municipalities.