A comprehensive, preventative out- and inpatient

Program for suicidal adolescents

at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic (KJPP)

of the Psychiatric University Hospital Zürich (PUK)

“Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world and many more attempt suicide. Suicides occur in all regions of the world and throughout the lifespan. Notably, among young people 15-29 years of age, suicide is the second leading cause of death globally.”

Source : WHO - Preventing suicide : A Global Imperative 2014


A unique project in Zürich dedicated to prevention and treatment of teenagers with suicide ideation

In the Canton of Zürich, a comprehensive approach including prevention and early intervention together with outpatient and inpatient care in the area of adolescent suicide is lacking.


In response to this problem, the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (KJPP) at the Psychiatric University Hospital Zürich (PUK) in partnership with Children Action Foundation is developing the Life Project, a dedicated program to meet the needs of young people facing life problems.

The Life Project is based on the model of Malatavie Crisis Unit in Geneva, a comprehensive preventative, out-and inpatient program focusing on suicidal crises in adolescents. Set up in 1996 thanks to a public/private agreement between Children Action and the Geneva University Hospitals. Malatavie Crisis Unit is considered today as a center of excellence in the area of teen suicide prevention and care, enjoying international recognition.


Prevention and early treatment

A reliable suicide prevention program and a sustainable network of professionals working with suicidal adolescents.

Outpatient intensive

care unit

An early intensive outpatient unit which would allow a low-threshold and short-term admission for adolescents in a suicidal crisis, providing  intensive and flexible outpatient care with appointments according to the needs of each patient. 

Inpatient crisis

care unit

An inpatient unit dedicated to suicidal adolescents closely related to the intensive outpatient unit to ensure a quick return of the adolescents to their usual environment

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CCP  (for Switzerland only)

N° : 12-4656-8

N° IBAN : CH54 0900 0000 1200 4656 8


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Children Action/PUK Life project account:

0240 00911070

UBS Switzerland AG


IBAN CHF: CH69 0024 0240 9110 7002 J


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