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Suicide and Prevention: Breaking the Silence

Date: Time: 19:30 Location: Auditorium, Cobbenhagen building, Tilburg University

In the Netherlands, five people die by suicide every day. And many more people think about it from time to time. However, lives can be saved by talking about the subject in an open way. But that is often a taboo and it is not an easy subject to bring up. How do you start such a conversation? What should you say, and what should you not say? Our experts will tell you more about it. (English / SG-Certificate*)

Time: 19:30-21:30 hrs.  

Admission is free.

Talk about it

It is very important for someone who has thoughts of suicide to be able to discuss these thoughts with someone. Talking to others can be an enormous relief and can reduce pressure. It opens up the space to look for other ways to cope.

Do’s and don’t’s

During this symposium experts talk about their experience with suicide and prevention. They present the do’s and don’ts on how to start a conversation on the subject. If you want to gain more confidence in talking about this difficult topic in work or private situations, come to this symposium organized by Study Association Complex (psychology) and Studium Generale.



An expert from Fameus (the center for recovery and experience expertise of GGz Breburg) tells her story. It's about vulnerability, the help she sought, and what did and didn't work. The tenor of the story is positive. After all, she was able to become an expert by experience because she received good guidance. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the questions that you would normally hesitate to ask.


113 Suicide Prevention is an independent care institution and the Dutch leading national organization for suicide prevention. People with suicidal thoughts and their loved ones can make use of 113 anonymously, free of charge and around the clock. As a care provider, 113 Suicide Prevention offers accessible help by professionals and by volunteers who have received intensive training. The care offered by 113 supplements the regular healthcare service. Their services include the helplines, online therapy and digital self-help options. An expert from 113 will tell you more about how to identify signs of suicidal thoughts, how to address them, and how to help someone get professional help. 

Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen (moderator)

Prof. dr. Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen is Professor of Forensic Mental Health Care (Tilburg University), Professor of Transforming Care for Youth (Tilburg University) and Visiting Professor at University College Ghent, Faculty of Education, Health & Social Work.

She is the clinical director of acute and network-oriented care at Pro Persona, a large institution for mental healthcare in the Netherlands. In addition, she is a program leader of the Forensic Mental Health Care research group at GGzE and a clinical psychologist at De Catamaran, a hospital for youth forensic psychiatry & orthopsychiatry.

She believes in the power of combining clinical practice, science, the knowledge of experts by experience.

Do you need help?

Does this text trigger you and do you need help now? Please reach out to the suicide prevention hotline 0800-0113 or

The helpline is open 24/7. You can talk about thoughts of suicide anonymously.

More information

This symposium is organized by Studium Generale in cooperation with Study Association Complex.

Contact: Annelieke Koster (Studium Generale).

* For students, this lecture may count towards the SG-Certificate. Check the SG-Certificate website for all the terms and conditions.

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