Internship with the EAAD

My name is Alexandra Clement, and I am a first year PhD student in the PhD Health Quality program at Queen’s University, which is in Ontario, Canada. Over the summer in 2021, I was incredibly fortunate to have the EAAD host my internship, with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hegerl as my supervisor.

EAAD supports European Depression Day and continues efforts to improve depression treatment and suicide prevention through European Union (EU) funded projects.

Press Release

World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on September 10th every year to raise global awareness and encourage worldwide commitment to prevent suicide. 

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The main goal of EAAD-Best is to reduce the burden associated with depression and suicidal behaviour at the individual and societal level in Europe.

Frankfurt am Main/Leipzig 12.04.2021 - EAAD-Best project has been launched by the consortium of 10 project partners joining forces to improve depression treatment and suicide prevention by community based interventions.

On March 1st, 2021, the EU-funded project MENTUPP, Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings, proudly supports Self-Injury & Self-Harm Awareness Day 2021 (SIAD). On this day we increase awareness about the signs of self-harm, challenge stigma and encourage those self-harming to reach out for support.

New EAAD offices in Frankfurt (Main) - Headquarter in Leipzig remains unchanged

The EAAD coordination center has moved to additional offices in the city of Frankfurt (Main), Germany. The coordination center is now available under the following contact details:


Local Office Frankfurt am Main (please use this address if you would like to contact the EAAD coordination team):

European Alliance Against Depression e.V.

Coordination Center

Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychosmoatics and Psychotherapy

University Hospital Frankfurt

Heinrich-Hoffmann-Straße 10

60528 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Phone: 0049 69 6301 863 44


Headquarter Leipzig (registered postal address of the EAAD)

European Alliance Against Depression e.V.

Goerdelerring 9

04109 Leipzig, Germany

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that despite nearly 1 billion people living with mental health disorders, mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health.  

  • Depression alone is expected to be the leading disease burden in the next ten years.
  • One in 10 people is suffering from a mental disorder and those with severe conditions die 10-20 years earlier than the general population.
  • Suicide claims up to 800,000 lives each year (1 person every 40 seconds) and is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years. In most cases, suicide occurs in the context of a mental disorder.

Cork. Each year, around 20 million European citizens are affected from depression. Depression is a serious illness which impacts on all aspects of life, including work. While Small and Medium Sized enterprises particularly face substantial economic losses due to the global impact of COVID-19, the MENTUPP consortium anticipates, that capacities for mental health promotion and provision in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will be even more limited in the future. A second COVID-19 wave might further impact negatively on people affected by depression. This is why action on occupational mental health is urgently needed.

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The iFightDepression website and online self-management tool were co-funded by the Health Programme of the European Union.