Promoting Health through the Prevention of Risk-Taking and Self-Destructive Behaviours

Funded by the European Community’s FP7
SEYLE is a health promoting program for adolescents in European schools. It’s main objectives are to lead adolescents to better health through decreased risk-taking and suicidal behaviours, to evaluate outcomes of different preventive programs and to recommend effective culturally adjusted models for promoting health of adolescents in different European countries.



In today’s Europe, the subject of risk taking behaviours is widely discussed but knowledge on how to prevent it and resources to study it are still lacking. Thus, the SEYLE project is a European effort to promote health and prevent risk-taking, violent and suicidal behaviour in youth.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Gather information on health and well-being in European adolescents and produce an epidemiological database for adolescents in Europe.
  • Perform interventions in adolescents leading to better health through decreased risk-taking and suicidal behaviours:
  • A general health promotion program targeting students’ awareness on healthy/unhealthy behaviours and students’ self-efficacy in diminishing unhealthy behaviours.
  • Professionals’ screening of at-risk students, referral to mental health treatment and ensuring compliance.
  • A gatekeepers’ program including training school staff and parents on recognising and referring students with risk-taking behaviours.
  • Evaluate outcomes of interventions in comparison with a control group, including social, psychological and economical aspects.
  • Recommend effective culturally adjusted models for promoting health of adolescents in different European countries.

A pilot intervention study will be implemented to assess the effects of health promoting / suicide prevention programs. At least 1000 students from each country will participate in the evaluation yielding a total of at least 11000 subjects. Adolescents in the age group between 14 and 16 years will be invited into the study.

The project started in January 2009 and operated for 3 years.

Where and who?
The project took place across 11 European countries, where our partners are experienced research centres.

Austria Research Division for Mental Health, University for Medical Information Technology
Christian Haring (
Estonia Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute (ERSI)
Airi Värnik (
France Nancy University Medical Center, University of Nancy
Jean Pierre Kahn (
Germany Clinic of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Heidelberg
Romuald Brunner (
Hungary Vadaskert Child and Adolescent Hospital and Outpatient Clinic from Budapest
Judit Balázs (
Ireland National Suicide Research Foundation
Paul Corcoran (
Helen Keeley
Israel Schneider Children Medical Center, Tel Aviv University
Alan Aptar (
Italy Department of Health Sciences, University of Molise
Marco Sarchiapone (
Romania Department of Clinic Psychology and Mental Health, University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMF-CN)
Doina Cozman (
Slovenia Health Research Department, PINT, University of Primorska (UPR)
Vita Postuvan (
Spain Department of Medicine (Psychiatry), University of Oviedo
Julio Bobes (
Sweden Department of Public Health Sciences Karolinska Institute
Danuta Wasserman – Project Coordinator (

Something else?
We will ensure the dissemination of the project’s results to colleagues and professionals within public and mental health, stakeholders and to the general public.