The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 11 April 2022

The national action programme for suicide prevention

The national action programme adopted by the Swedish Parliament in 2008 contains nine strategic areas of action to reduce the incidence of suicide.

In order to effectively prevent suicide, broad collaboration is needed between the Swedish government and the Swedish Parliament, authorities, municipalities and regions, universities and colleges, voluntary organisations and organisations that support bereaved families. We all have an important shared duty to work so that fewer people in the future take their own lives.

The national action programme adopted by the Swedish Parliament in 2008 contains nine strategic areas of action to reduce the incidence of suicide. A brochure (see link below) provides examples of what initiatives can be used in order to achieve this goal, and is directed at everyone working on, or about to start working on, suicide prevention work in, for example, a municipality, region or other type of organisation.

National action programme for suicide prevention

A new national strategy will replace the action programme

In 2020, the Government commissioned to the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Public Health Agency, in close cooperation with several other authorities, to suggest a coming national strategy in the field of mental health and suicide prevention.

A proposal for a new strategy, with goals and indicators for follow-up, will be presented to the Government at the latest on September 1, 2023.

Learn more

Suicide and suicide prevention in Sweden