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Crisis Intervention

for Adolescents

Prevention &

early intervention 

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KANT is open 24 hours a day. 

If you're under a lot of pressure over a long period of time, you may not see the point in going on living. But just because you have these thoughts, it's no reason to feel ashamed or like you're not normal. In these difficult moments, it's important to talk to a professional. 

You can call anytime on +41 58 384 66 66.

When should you call?

At the Crisis, Assessment, Emergency and Triage Center (KANT), we're here for you. 

  • if you find yourself in an acute crisis situation due to psychological problems and you do not know what to do, this is an emergency. 

  • if you're even thinking about hurting yourself, we're here for you and we'll try to help - even if the situation seems hopeless.  

Visit KANT or contact your therapist

You can also come and see us in person. However, if you already have a therapist, it may be a good idea to call them first, as they will already know you.  It's best if your parents are informed and at least partially involved. However, if for some reason this is not possible, you can register with us without informing your parents.  

What does KANT propose?

  • we talk to you and your parents, if they are present, to assess how you are doing and what can best help you.

  • We can offer crisis intervention with a maximum of four sessions. During this time we will find a therapist for you. 

  • If we feel that you are at risk of suicide, we can refer you to a ward where you will be safe. 

  • we offer counseling to underage pregnant women about (unwanted) pregnancy and abortion, especially if it needs to be done quickly because of time limits. This counseling can also take place without the knowledge of the parents.

LIFE partners with KANT the Crisis, Assessment, Emergency and Triage Center of the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy 

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LIFE is here for you!

    • What is an emergency? If you're having a mental health crisis and you're stuck, it's an emergency. If you are even thinking about harming yourself, we are here to help you - even if the situation seems hopeless. Who can help? If you have a therapist, call them first in a crisis.

      You can also call us anytime at +41 58 384 66 66. We will listen to you and be there for you if you get stuck.

      You can also come to us directly :  Neumünsterallee 3

    • Under the following link, you will find the emergency card for young people with emergency addresses in the canton of Zurich. It can be ordered free of charge in credit card format. 

      Emergency card for young people - Information material - Publications - Prevention and Health Promotion Canton of Zurich - Prävention und Gesundheitsfoerderung Kanton Zürich  : gesundheitsfoerderung-zh.ch

    • Suicide is responsible for 25% of all deaths among young people. The most significant risk factor for attempting suicide is a history of previous suicide attempts. The Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP) reduced the risk of subsequent suicide attempts in adults by 80% in a randomized trial. The AdoASSIP program includes a form of ASSIP adapted for adolescents and strategies for identifying and ensuring follow-up care for adolescents after a suicide attempt. 

      Aim of AdoASSIP.

      Most suicide attempts occur in a state of psychological distress in which the only goal of the person is to end this state, including death. However, after a suicidal crisis, young people are usually happy to have survived and to be able to move on with their lives. It should not be business as usual after a suicide attempt. Adolescents who have attempted suicide are at significantly increased risk of attempting suicide again or even committing suicide.

       

      We want to help suicidal teenagers so that they can better deal with such crises in the future. The goal is to work through the background of the suicidal crisis and develop an individual crisis plan to reduce the risk of future suicide attempts.

       

      For more information, please visit AdoASSIP:  AdoASSIP | UZH.

    • A toolkit for teens who want to be proactive about challenges: This "toolbox" shows you what you can do for yourself to stay healthy and helps you with some difficult situations, such as dealing with stressful situations or dealing with breakups.

    • 10 tips for a healthy lifestyle - a video project with young people
      The project consists of 10 short videos with young people sharing their own experiences and how they develop a healthy lifestyle. You will get tips from your peers on how to promote your mental health and how to recognise stress in yourself and your friends.

      Check out the 10 posts here

    • In the goMENTAL online trainings for people between 14 and 25, you will learn skills that strengthen you and that you can apply immediately - e.g. how to deal with internal pressure and external stress, how to be more relaxed when dealing with insecurities and strong feelings, and how to be more self-accepting. 

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    • What is a child and adolescent psychiatric emergency?

      A child and adolescent psychiatric emergency occurs when a child or adolescent is a danger to self or others because of a mental health disorder. In situations where children and adolescents or their families are acutely overwhelmed by a mental health crisis, caregivers should seek immediate professional help.

       

      Who Can Help? 

      The first place to go in an emergency is your child's therapist. If your son or daughter is not yet in treatment or the person in charge cannot be reached, our Crisis, Clarification, Emergency, and Triage Center - KANT is available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays, at +41 58 384 66 66.

       

      The emergency consultation/emergency presentation always takes place at Neumünsterallee 3. Transportation We cannot be dispatched in emergencies. Safe transport to the KANT Crisis, Assessment, Emergency and Triage Center of the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Neumünsterallee 3 must be guaranteed. If your child is unable to be transported, please contact the emergency psychiatrist or emergency physician in your area.

    • Suicide accounts for 25% of all deaths among young people. Previous suicide attempts are the most important risk factor for attempting suicide. The Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP) reduced the risk of new suicide attempts in adults by 80% in a randomized trial. The AdoASSIP program includes a form of ASSIP adapted for adolescents and strategies for identifying and following up with adolescents after a suicide attempt.

       

      Aim of AdoASSIP

      Most suicide attempts take place in an exceptional psychological state in which the person has only one goal: to put an end to this state and accept death. And yet, after a suicidal crisis, young people are generally happy to have survived and to have gone on living. It's not enough to simply move on after a suicide attempt. Young people who have attempted suicide have a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide again or even taking their own life.

       

      We want to help suicidal young people overcome such crises in the future. The goal is to work on the context of the suicidal crisis and develop an individual crisis plan to reduce the risk of future suicide attempts. More information is available at

      AdoASSIP: A prevention program for young people after a suicide attempt | AdoASSIP | UZH

    • Mental Health First Aid Courses

      One in two people experience mental health problems at some point in their lives. 9 out of 10 people know someone with mental health problems and want to help. But how?

      Ensa first aid courses enable lay people to approach people with mental health problems and provide first aid. More information: Ensa - Home

    • The Parents' Emergency Line helps with stressful parenting situations, excessive demands and crisis situations.

      The Parent helpline is available around the clock : more information on Elternnotruf

    • Stand by You Switzerland aims to strengthen solidarity among relatives, expand support services for relatives and confidants and contribute to making psychiatric and social psychiatric care in Switzerland more effective, sustainable and humane. https://stand-by-you.ch/

    • The Information, Clarification, Emergency and Triage Center (KANT) is also available to professionals in child and adolescent psychiatric emergencies around the clock, including weekends and holidays, at +41 58 384 66 66. 

      More information here

       

    • Information on the cantonal priority programme on suicide prevention and the campaigns can be found at www. suizid-prävention.ch

    • The FSSZ is an interdisciplinary regional association: Professionals from practice and research try to find ways together to promote suicide prevention and to deal with it effectively. The most important tasks of the FSSZ are the networking of research and practice, the prevention of suicide among young people, the initiation of research projects and public relations.

      Information o can be found on: here 

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Prevention and Information

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AdoASSIP :  a prevention program for adolescents after a suicide attempt

Context of AdoASSIP

Suicide accounts for 25% of all adolescent deaths. The most significant risk factor for attempted suicide is previous suicide attempts. The Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP) reduced the risk of subsequent suicide attempts by 80% in adults in a randomized trial. The AdoASSIP program includes a form of ASSIP adapted for adolescents and strategies for identifying and ensuring follow-up care for adolescents after a suicide attempt. 

Aim of AdoASSIP

Most suicide attempts occur in a state of psychological emergency, where the only goal of the person is to end this state, including death. However, after a suicidal crisis, young people are usually happy to have survived and to be able to move on with their lives. It should not be business as usual after a suicide attempt. Adolescents who have attempted suicide are at significantly increased risk of attempting suicide again or even committing suicide.

Reduce risk of future attempts

We want to help suicidal young people to cope better with such crises in the future. The goal is to work through the background of the suicidal crisis and develop an individual crisis plan to reduce the risk of future suicide attempts.

Information sessions

The information sessions organized by the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy aim to explain various signs of mental disorders that can occur in childhood and adolescence.
 

The information session take place on Thursday evenings from 18:15 to 19:45 in the multi-purpose room of the KJPP at Neumünsterallee 3

 

The goal of the information events is to provide parents, affected persons, relatives, professionals, and other interested parties with information about the signs and possible mental disorders, how to deal with them at home, at school, in everyday life or at work, and where further help and advice can be found. Click on the tile for more information: 

Admission is free with registration.

Suddenly nothing is as it was... - How do I deal with (potentially) traumatic experiences?

Speaker: lic. phil. Christina Gunsch, Head Psychologist, Head of the Psychotraumatology Specialist Clinic KJPP

A child who has experienced a difficult event needs support and guidance at home. When do we speak of a traumatic experience? And what is important when supporting stressed/traumatised children and adolescents? These questions will be explored at the information event. You will receive information on the topic of trauma in children and adolescents and practical tips on how to deal with it in everyday life will be discussed

Date: Thursday, 23 May 2024
Time: 18.15 to 19.45
Location : Multipurpose room KJPP, Neumünsterallee 3, 8032 Zurich

Anxiety in children and adolescents

Speaker: Dr phil. Marina Zulauf-Logoz

A child who has experienced a difficult event needs support and guidance at home. When do we speak of a traumatic experience? And what is important when supporting stressed/traumatised children and adolescents? These questions will be explored at the information event. You will receive information on the topic of trauma in children and adolescents and practical tips on how to deal with it in everyday life will be discussed

Date: Thursday, 30 May 2024
Time: 18.15 to 19.45
Location : Multipurpose room KJPP, Neumünsterallee 3, 8032 Zurich

Is scratching part of puberty? - Dealing with feelings in adolescence?

Speaker: Lara Kilchmann and Ramona Chicherio

Emotional swings are often part of adolescence. How intense they are and how young people deal with them varies. The line between what is normally to be expected during puberty and what is pathological is blurred. You hear prejudices such as: "Every teenager has a bit of borderline".

At this event, we will provide information on how to deal with feelings in adolescence and we will talk about what is "normal" and when parents should be alert. Aspects such as self-harming behaviour and violent emotional outbursts will be highlighted. You will receive initial information on this and how you can deal with it in everyday life.

Date: Thursday, 6 June, 2024
Time: 18.15 to 19.45
Location : Multipurpose room KJPP, Neumünsterallee 3, 8032 Zurich

Always online? Always smoking weed? - Dealing with addiction in adolescence

Speaker: Dr Elvira Tini, MD

Young people who spend more of their free time online or use other addictive substances often raise questions in families. At this information event, you will receive information on the topic of addiction in adolescents. In addition to facts on causes and frequency, practical tips on how to deal with these behaviours in everyday life will be discussed. You will also find out where you can obtain further counselling and support services.

Date: Thursday, 27 June, 2024
Time: 18.15 to 19.45
Location : Multipurpose room KJPP, Neumünsterallee 3, 8032 Zurich
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