Commitment to Action

Fighting Teen Suicide

Commitment by

Children Action Foundation

In Switzerland, the most frequent cause of teenage mortality is suicide. Approximately 4% of girls and 5% of boys between ages 15 and 25 are at risk of undertaking a suicidal act.
In response to this problem, Children Action, in collaboration with the University Hopitals of Geneva (HUG), set up a dedicated entity formed by two units in 1996:
1. the Unit for suicidal teenagers (UCA),
2. the Center for the study and prevention of suicide (CEPS)
Children Action commits to open a new Ambulatory structure to supplement the aforementioned 2 Units
In April 2008, the Centre for Ambulatory Intensive Treatment (CTAI) was launched. Offering an alternative to hospitalization, this new unit enables the pursuit of educational or professional activities during the treatment period. This combined offering (hospital treatment-UCA- prevention- CEPS, ambulatory care- CTAI, ) is emerging as a university centre of excellence and a benchmark in Europe.

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Commitment

Fighting Teen Suicide

Launched

2007

Est. Duration

1 year

Estimated Total Value

$3,000,000

Region

Europe

Countries

SWITZERLAND

Commitment by

Children Action Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

The University Hospitals of Geneva