Suicide and Suicide Prevention

Research group leader


  • Alexander Hemmer
  • Juliane Brüdern
  • Master Studenten
  • Thomas Reisch
  • Theresa Wyss
  • Simone Beeri

Research focus

  • Suicide prevention by restriction of means

  • Behavavioral Phases in suicide action


  • Epidemiological studies

Short description

Restriction of means is an important method in suicide prevention and the main focus of our research group. Several studies have been carried out focusing this topic. More specifically we investigated: restrictions of firearms in Switzerland, railway suicides in Switzerland, securing bridges. Beside other methods interrupted time series and similar methods were engaged. Gaining a better understanding of suicide is another focus of our research group. Why do subjects choose one suicide method and not another is one example of the current research. Here qualitative interviews are applied.