Keynote Speakers

Johan Bilsen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

TALK TITLE : Suicide prevention in Belgium

Prof. J. Bilsen is head of the Department of Public Health and president of the Mental Health and Wellbeing research group (MENT) atthe Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and vice-president of the Public Mental Health section of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA). He is doctor in social health sciences, master in management and policy of healthcare, registered psychiatric nurse and psychotherapist. He is member of the Center for Neuroscience in the VUB, board member of the Belgian Association of Public Health, Belgian representative in the board of EUPHA, and member of the scientific board of the World Federation of Mental Health. J. Bilsen has a long track record in social scientific research (quantitative-epidemiological as well as qualitative) in the field of publichealth and general wellbeing. Hisresearch is situated in different sub-domains, which include e.g. basic etiological studies, risk factors research, but also health services and policy research regarding mental health and general wellbeing. Research focuses on both the broad population and certain sub-populations or risk groups in terms of mental health. Prof. J. Bilsen is promoter of several research projects and coached several junior researchers in obtaining their doctorate dissertation. He is reviewer of more than 15 international peer-reviewed journals and published more than 130 scientific papers in high-ranked journals and has built an extensive international research network. He teaches public health, mental health, epidemiology, research methodology and quality care in healthcare in the bachelor’s and master’s degree of medicine and health policy programs.