The conference organizing partners are the Knowledge Centre at the Faculty of Health, University of Applied Sciences in Leiden (dr. Cecile aan de Stegge, University of Applied Sciences Leiden, member of the EAHN) and the Pulse Network in Medical Humanities at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Prof. dr. Manon Parry, Professor in Medical History, VU University Amsterdam). Supporting partners are: Stichting Zuster Vernède; Vitale Delta; 113 Suicideprevention; GGzVS and V&VN, Netherlands.
All contributing speakers are requested to focus their contribution on the specific role of nurses in general and/or in mental health settings, who have experienced patients expressing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harming behaviours. These experiences may also include working with bereaved families of patients who have commited suicide. The conference organizers hope that the conference will facilitate professional and academic debate on this challenging topic, through historical inquiry or within contemporary practice, and will result in a number of scholarly publications.
Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Leiden