LEIDEN …… I like you!


It has only been a few days since the end of the conference and we are already feeling nostalgic about the wonderful meetings we had. The conference Suicide and its Prevention: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives in Nursing, 1880–2020 was organised on behalf of the European Association for the History of Nursing (EAHN),with the participation of our president and vice-president and the realization of the annual meeting in hybrid form.

The conference organizing partners were also 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 were: Stichting Zuster Vernède; Vitale Delta; 113 Suicideprevention; GGzVS and V&VN, Netherlands. Amazing contributing speakers focused their contribution on the specific role of nurses in general and/or in mental health settings, who had experienced patients expressing suicidal idealization or engaging in self-harming behaviors. These experiences also included working with bereaved families of patients who had commited suicide. The conference facilitated professional and academic debate on this challenging topic, through historical inquiry or within contemporary practice, and we invite all participants to send there scholarly publications at the EAHN Journal.

Thank you Cecile and Hugo, thank you to All participants and thank you Leiden for the great time!