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Suicide and its prevention: Contemporary and historical perspectives in nursing, 1880–2020

May 19–21, 2022

National Museum Boerhaave
10, Lange St. Agnietenstraat
2312 WC Leiden
+31 71 – 751 99 99

The Conference

This pan-European conference will examine contemporary and historical perspectives on suicide and its prevention. The two-day Conference will be limited to a maximum of 75 participants. This is to facilitate a thorough discussion and debate around the conference theme, including comparisons of similarities and differences in practices across the various European countries represented. Such dialogue may offer new ways of thinking about suicide and new recommendations for education, clinical practice, and research.

Suicide, suicidal ideation, and suicidal behaviour may be studied from several perspectives. It may be seen as an individual psychological pathology, as a family and societal issue, or as an ethical concern. Hence, many disciplines have studied suicide and its prevention, including psychiatry, psychology, nursing, public health, economics, history, and ethics. It is therefore a topic that may be best examined through interdisciplinary lenses, combining, for example, psychiatry and nursing, psychology and nursing, and nursing history and ethics. The conference theme will therefore address a range of interdisciplinary perspectives and how they influence the theory and the practice of nursing in both general and mental healthcare settings.

Call for abstracts

We invite abstract submissions from nursing scholars, historians, ethicists, and social scientists from all countries in Europe.

Guidelines for abstract submission
Abstract submissions should focus on contemporary and/or historical aspects of suicide and its prevention, including theory and professional discourse and how these have and continue to influence nursing practice. Abstracts should contain the following essential information:

  • abstract title;
  • a brief outline of the background;
  • the aim and/or objectives of the paper;
  • the sources of research or historical evidence being presented;
  • the main findings and/or the key argument;
  • a brief statement of conclusions with particular reference to knowledge and practice.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 450–500 words. For papers examining historical aspects of the topic, abstracts should contain specified dates in the abstract title and should list the historical primary sources consulted. For papers examining ethical aspects of the topic, abstracts should include a statement of the ethical theory, ethical argument, or ethical concern. All abstracts should be written in English and should be submitted with a brief biographical statement referring to the author’s current work and relevant research/publications. Abstracts exceeding the recommended word limit or submitted after the deadline may not be considered.

Deadline for abstract submission
June 30, 2021.

Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by the Conference Scientific Committee. In addition, a selection of the accepted Conference abstracts will be considered for possible inclusion in a volume of the European Journal of Nursing History and Ethics in 2023. The authors of these selected abstracts will then be invited to submit a complete manuscript for further peer review.

Deadline for accepted manuscripts
February 25th, 2022

Additional information
Only one abstract per individual is permitted. Submit two copies of the abstract, one with the author name, author title and credentials, and the second anonymized.

Submit abstract to both the following:
Prof. dr. Manon Parry at
Dr. Cecile aan de Stegge at