SUPRANET GGZ, a national network of fourteen mental healthcare institutions (including GGZ inGeest), develops and shares best practices and collects data in order to improve care for suicidal patients and reduce suicide mortality rates. 

The purpose of the SUPRANET implementation study is to examine the feasibility, effectiveness and relevance of the SUPRANET activities. Multiple innovative strategies are used to improve the implementation process of suicide prevention guidelines and the quality of care to prevent suicide mortality rates.

In the Netherlands approximately 40% of the suicides concern patients in specialist mental health care. Suicidal behavior is a complex public health problem that has a major impact on many people, including psychiatric patients, their relatives and friends. The literature describes suicidal behavior as the outcome of a process influenced by psychological, biological, situational and environmental factors.

Suicide prevention guideline implementation and dissemination of best practices are prioritized in the National Strategy for Suicide prevention, initiated by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports and coordinated and monitored by 113 Suicide Prevention, the Dutch suicide prevention expertise center. Based on the Monitor Suicide Prevention, it is clear that the Dutch multidisciplinary guideline for diagnosis and treatment of suicidal behavior has been implemented insufficiently in specialist mental health care. In addition, organizations do not collect suicide data systematically. The suicide data are not used to analyze and improve mortality trends. As part of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, 113 Suicide Prevention noticed the ambition of mental healthcare institutions to achieve better compliance to the Dutch multidisciplinary practice guidelines for the assessment and treatment of suicidal behavior, increase patient safety and reduce suicide mortality rates.

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PhD student Kim Setkowski