L-R: Prof. Dolores Angela Castelli-Dransart, Professor at the Friborg High School of Social Work; HRH the Grand Duchess; Dr François d'Onghia, Head of the Suicide Prevention Department and coordinator of the national suicide prevention plan; Credit: Cour grand-ducale, all rights reserved

On Tuesday 10 October 2017, on the occasion of the National Day of Suicide Prevention, Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess received in audience Professor Dolores Angela Castelli-Dransart and Doctor François d'Onghia at the Palais Grand-Ducal.

Yesterday, Dr d'Onghia, who has been the head of the Suicide Prevention Department and coordinator of the national plan for suicide prevention since 2012, and Castelli-Dransart, who teaches at the Haute école fribourgeoise du travail social, discussed the prevention of suicide with HRH the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

The work of Professor Castelli-Dransart has been used as a reference in the scientific community, notably on the consequences of suicide or suicidal behaviour on relatives and on health and social professionals. It is based on her work over the past 20 years in Switzerland. Her research has shown that collaboration between professionals from different backgrounds is of vital importance.

National Suicide Prevention Day is organised by the "PreventionSuicide" league. This year's theme, which is in its tenth edition, concerns the impact of suicide on friends and family and the suffering it causes for those who remain and then themselves risk falling into psychological vulnerability.