For 5 years, Altruism Association has been working to raise awareness of the importance of suicide prevention. It is the first and remains the only organization that brought the subject to the public space in 2012 and shapes its presentation according to the principles of prevention.
On September 10, 2012, we were the first to bring the World Suicide Prevention Day into the public space and since then Moldova had 5 consecutive annual public events downtown our beautiful capital, Chisinau. Same year an anonimous chat for suicide prevention was launched on www.pentruviata.md
In 2015, we brought to the public discussions and to the media the concept of emotional support as a service for citizens and applied the Denmark model of Lifeline.
We have created materials for professionals, such as the Guide to the Press on the Reflection of Suicide (2014) in the Public Space and the Guide for Community Suicide Prevention (2016). This guide is used to raise the standards of public talks and approach towards people dealing with the realities around suicide. Different professionals from Government, Academia, Police, LPAs and NGOs and media were informed on the ways we should approach the topics around suicide.
As the issues of suicide games promoted online raised, it created a space for more discussions and openness towars suicide prevention. In 2016 we have laid down the basys for methodological guidelines for suicide prevention in schools, which was developed by the Ministry of Education. In 2016 we trained in the basics of Suicide Prevention the professionals from National Psychological Assistance Center and Youth Mental Health Centers. Our hope was that our efforts will bring the right approach towards such a sensitive issue. Unfortunately, our efforts are shaded by the temporary interest of professionals and institutions for making statements on the trendy topic withouth interest to follow the long-term road of suicide prevention.
In 2016 we created a virtual suicide prevention resource center on www.mirt.md (in Romanian language), where the information, including suicide prevention videos are available for free to all national and local actors, as well as for the neigbour country Romanian. We display the logo of IASP on the website, as well as on our Lifeline’s website.
In 2016 we organized a II National Suicide Prevention Conference, where over 50 professionals and academia participated. We invited the Suicide Prevention Lifelines experts form Denmark and Romania to participate at the conference with us. The event was supported by the US Embassy in R. Moldova.
After the Suicide Games hit Moldova in February-March 2017 we were overwhelmed with the numbers of concerns and contacts the Lifeline was getting from population. As the topic became trendy, many officials, including our Parliament, became interested in our work. Thus, a Parliamentary Working Committee, which aimed research on the realities on the issues around the suicidal games and the phenomena of suicide, was established. We lobbied the importance of long-term commitment to the topic of suicide and offered to the Committee free consultation on the basics of suicide prevention and on good international practices on policies development. The results of the Committee work are waited to be announced publicly and we hope that it really will be a suicide prevention friendly approach.