The FINANCIAL — The newly appointed coordinators and members of the Georgian Suicide Prevention Council met for the first working group meeting to discuss the current situation in the country’s prisons, identify the future steps needed to reinforce suicide prevention activities and the best ways of implementing the newly adopted Suicide Prevention Programme.
The event was organised by the Programmatic Co-operation Framework for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe (EU/CoE PCF), according to EU Neighbourhood Info.
The EU/CoE PCF has been supporting the introduction and successful implementation of a suicide prevention programme in Georgian prisons since its launching in 2013. EU and CoE experts also developed a tailor-made programme and methodology for the preparation of future trainers. It also trained almost 800 medical and non-medical prison staff members, including prison directors, deputy directors and chief doctors about suicide prevention activities, suicide management techniques, the EU/CoE PCF said in a press release.
The joint EU/CoE PCF aims to provide extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of institutions in the six Eastern Partnership countries to implement domestic reforms and bring them closer to Council of Europe and European Union standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and improve the lives of citizens. The EU’s contribution to the PCF is EUR 30 million.