DAY 1 – Thursday May 19

12:30 – 13:00 Registration with coffee/tea.

Morning: Conference attendees are welcome to visit the old Anatomical Theatre and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave exhibitions for free

12.30 – 13.00: Registration with coffee/tea in the Foyer of Rijksmuseum Boerhaave.

Session 1 Welcome and Introduction to the Conference: Chair Dr. Eldrid Bringmann.


Words of Welcome.

Dr. Angelien Sanderman


Introductory remarks on the purpose of this conference and the significance of the focus on the role of nurses with regard to suicidal patients and their relatives.

Dr. Cecile aan de Stegge


A Word of Welcome to the International Nursing Audience of this Conference.

Prof. dr. Bianca Buurman


Incidence of suicide over time – How to turn the tide.

Prof. dr. Albert van Hemert


The History of the Suicide Hotline.

Dr. Hannah Zeavin


Historic and latest developments in the field of suicide prevention in the Netherlands.

Dr. Renske Gilissen



15:15 – 15:45 COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 2: Chair Prof. dr. Manon Parry, Pulse Network, University of Amsterdam/VU Amsterdam.


Suicide-Safer Project Lead, Reader, School of Allied and Public Health Professions, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care, Canterbury Christ Church University. “Describing and Redescribing Suicide: From Pathology to Questions of Social Justice?”.

Dr. Ian Marsh



Dr. Georgina Laragy


Conceptual Confusion, Institutional Clarity? Suicide, Attempted Suicide, and Self-Harm in Twentieth-Century Britain.

Dr. Chris Millard


Questions from the audience, for all three afternoon’s speakers.

17:45 – 19:30

Annual Meeting for Members of the EAHN, with soup and bread, followed by a guided tour of exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave.

NB: All other visitors are asked to take a meal in the city of Leiden.

DAY 2 – Friday May 20

09:00 – 09:30 Arrival and tea/coffee.

SESSION 3: Suicide and Suicide Prevention in History. Chair Dr. Sabine Braunschweig.

09:30 AM

Death before the Workhouse.

Dr. Lyndsay Galpin

09:50 AM

Under the Constant Charge of a Special Attendant: Managing Suicidal Behaviour in the Era of Non-Restraint, 1850 – 1890.

Dr. Sarah Chaney

10:10 AM

Suicide in the eyes of the fellow patient.

Dr. Catharina Th. Bakker



11:00-11:30 COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 4: Contemporary Nursing Care for Suicidal Patients. Chair Anneloes van Staa, 113 Suicide Prevention


Challenges faced by nurses and physicians in acute care for patients who attempted suicide.

Dr. Saskia Mérelle


Nurses in General Hospitals: What Knowledge and Skills Would they Like to Learn?

Dr. Cecile aan de Stegge


Keep an Eye on Suicidality: An Intervention to Do this Better.

Lotte Luijendijk


Suicide Prevention at the University of Applied Sciences in Leiden.

Nadia Lubbers



13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

SESSION 5: A Different Perspective. Chair dr. Cecile aan de Stegge

14:00 AM

Caught in the Firing Line: Nurse Prescribers as Human Shields.

Prof. Dr. David Healy

14:30 AM

Q&A for David Healy.

14:40 AM

Homelessness, Ill Health and Death: Street Medicine Lessons from a Personal Perspective.

Dr. Igor van Laere


On Accidental and Essential Suicides. Some reflections on philosophy, madness and the act of suicide.

Dr. Wouter Kusters

15:30 – 15:45

Q&A for Igor van Laere and Wouter Kusters.

15:45 – 16:15 Tea Break

SESSION 6: Nursing History Collections and Sources: Show and Tell Session. Chair: Prof. dr. Manon Parry.


Suicide in the collection of the Museum of the Mind in Haarlem.

Carine Neefjes and Jantien de Bruijn


Q&A for Carine and Jantien


Nursing History in the Collections of the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave.

Dr. Mieneke te Hennepe


On Nursing Collections and Projects in The Netherlands.

Hugo Schalkwijk


Q&A for Mieneke & Hugo


Proclaiming (for the First Time) the Prize for the Best Historic Bachelor or Master Thesis on ‘History in Nursing’ of the Netherlands and Flanders 2020-2021.

Dr. Catharina Th. Bakker

17:50 – 18:00

The prize winning candidate about his/her thesis.

19:00 – 21:30 SOCIAL DINNER IN LAB071, Leiden

DAY 3 – saturday May 21

09:00 – 09:30 Opening with tea/coffee and welcome.

SESSION 7: Better Care for Suicidal Persons. Chair: dr. Cecile aan de Stegge

09:30 AM

Shifting between Hope and Uncertainty. Expectations of Family Members and Nurses’ Experiences supporting Inpatients with Suicidal Ideations.

Dr. Bart Debyser and Annelies Verkest, Msct (representing Dr. Joeri Vandewalle)

09:55 AM

Engagement between Adults Living through Suicidal Crisis and Nurses in Mental HealthWards.

Dr. Caressa van Hoe



Dr. Ian Marsh



11:00-11:30 COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 8: Caring for the Caregivers: Suicide and Nurses. Chair: Prof. Dr. Sarah Waters.


Short Introduction to the theme.

Prof Dr. Sarah Waters


Balancing between Care for Suicidal Patients and Prevention of Impact of Service User’s Suicides on Mental Health Professionals.

Alison van Laar Msc, and Dr. Peter T. Murphy


Suicide and Times of Crisis: Lessons of History for the Covid Pandemic.

Prof. Dr. Julie Gottlieb



13:00 – 13:15

Brief concluding remarks: Prof. dr. Manon S. Parry and Dr. Cecile aan de Stegge.

13:15 – 14:00 Concluding Lunch

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