The Zero Suicide Lab brought together experts in the field of health care and social services (including professionals from 113 Suicide Prevention – the national service in the Netherlands offering help to people in crisis situations) with a wide range of creatives. Together they explored new perspectives on the sensitive subject of suicide among middle-aged men. A relatively high level of suicide is currently committed by this risk group, and mental health professionals are having difficulty reaching out to these men. Only 4% of 113 Suicide Prevention’s crisis chats are with this target group.

During the Zero Suicide Lab we investigated what makes this group vulnerable to committing suicide, and at which moments in the lives of these men they can be reached, even before they develop suicidal behaviour. The participants in the Zero Suicide Lab identified key issues, reframed them and created design questions through a range of different exercises.


Dive into the key issues, new perspectives and design opportunities that were co-created during this lab!




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About 113 Zelfmoordpreventie

113 Suicide Prevention is the national Dutch suicide prevention centre, supported mainly by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Ministerie van VWS). It has been active as an independent care provider since September 2009 and employs psychologists, psychiatrists and a large group of fully trained volunteers that provide round-the-clock confidential support through chats and phone calls.

About the Radical collaboration Labs

In a one-day event, 200+ interdisciplinary participants worked closely with our partners to develop new paths for future design interventions, that we can share across the world – challenging the pressing issues we face today.

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