First view of suicide rates for 2020 [VLESP]

First view of suicide rates for 2020 [VLESP]

The Flemish Centre of Expertise in Suicide Prevention (VLESP) analysed Federal Police data for the first semester of 2020, and compared these with the same period in 2019. The comparison showed yielded the following initial insights:

  • In the months of March, April, May and June of the year 2020, there were fewer suicide attempts (requiring police intervention) than in the same months in 2019.
  • The number of suicides in March 2020 was equal to the number in March 2019, in April and May 2020 lower than in April and May 2019, and in June 2020 higher than in June 2019.

The press statement and report are available in Dutch:


Looking for immediate help?

For Dutch: call 1813 for the suicide helpline, or visit Zelfmoord1813 to chat or e-mail.

For French: call 0800 32 123 for the suicide helpline, or visit or

For English: call 02 648 40 14 for the community help service helpline, or visit the Community Help Service online.


HELICON is funded by the Belgian Federal Science Policy (BELSPO) through the BRAIN-be 2.0 (2018-2023) programme.

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Information sheet for participants: EN • NL • FR

Project coordinator

Prof. dr. Brecht Devleesschauwer

Sciensano, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Service Health Information