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{ About the Project }

Project partners
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of the Republic of Croatia (Ministry)
Center for Disaster Management, Zagreb, Croatia (Center)
Croatian National Institute of Public Health (CNIPH)
Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)
Croatian Institute for Mental Health (CIMH)

Financing of the project:
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Croatia and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health applied to the Norwegian Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs for financial and technical assistance to the project.

Duration of the project
This is a phased (three phases over three years) collaborative project. Each phase can be seen as an independent project with its own end report with recommendations to the involved parties.

1st phase of the project - Project Number: 2050389
2nd phase of the project - Project Number: 2060369
3rd phase of the project - Project Number: 2070306

The project was approved in November, 2005 and the project activities officially started in December, 2005.

Start of the project: 1st December 2005
Planned ending of the project: 31st December 2008
Duration of the first phase: 1st December 2005 – 31st December 2006
Duration of the second phase: 1st January 2006 – 31st December 2007
Duration of the third phase: 1st January 2007 – 31st December 2008

Aim of the project:

The project aim is:

To develop a surveillance system for capturing information about self-inflicted injuries that will be the base for rapid response actions to treat an underlying mental health condition.

To be integrated within the national program to strengthen community based mental health services as described in the draft of the Croatian Mental Health Policy.

The goals of the proposed activities are:

- to develop registration module for registration of self-inflicted injuries in Croatia;
- to pilot test collection of data using the registration module;
- to develop and implement community-based follow-up for patients with self-harm behavior;
- to integrate results into suicide prevention policies and activities.

Specific goals of the project within phases:
Findings from each phase can be used for further parallel activities in the field of suicide prevention.

Phase 1: Epidemiological surveillance system
Develop, test and pilot registration module/system for epidemiologic surveillance for self-inflicted injuries in Croatia
Train registration personnel and educate interventionists

Phase 2: Design of intervention program
Continuing registration of self-inflicted injuries and suicide attempts
Develop and pilot a system for follow-up of patients who commit acts of self-harm by the community-based mental health care team consisting of a psychiatrist and a mental health care nurse

Phase 3: Piloting of intervention and providing recommendations
Pilot implementation of the intervention
Evaluation of the pilot intervention
Development of recommendations for nation-wide implementation

Project Leader / Principal Investigator
Professor Branko Kopjar, MD, MS, PhD
Advisor with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Local Project Leader / Investigator
Assistant Professor Neven Henigsberg, MD, PhD
Center for Disaster Management

Collaborators in the project:
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Working Group:
Neven Henigsberg, MD, Local Project Leader (Center)
Šarlota Foro, member (Center)
Veljko Đorđević, MD, (CIMH) member since 25th Oct, 2007
Dubravko Kužina, MD, member
Vlasta Dečković Vukres, MD, member (CNIPH)
Vlasta Hrabak-Zerjavić, MD, member (CNIPH)
Urelija Rodin, MD, member (CNIPH)
Marijan Erceg, MD, member (CNIPH)
Branimir Tomić, MD, member (CNIPH)
Tanja Ćorić, MD, member (CNIPH)
Maja Silobrčić – Radić, MD, member (CNIPH)
Tomislav Benjak, MD, member (CNIPH)
Branko Kopjar, MD, member (NIPH)
Marija Coupe, MD, member (Ministry)

Reprezentative of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Croatia:
Consilior Vita d.o.o.

Dr. Tanja Potočki Karačić, Project Manager
Slavica Vladetić, Project Assistant
Nada Dražić-Stefanović, Project Assistant
Diana Maltar, Project Assistant