AI and Suicide Prevention

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AI and Suicide Prevention

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  • Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death. There are a number of measures that can be taken at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. In recent years, artificial intelligence and machine learning have emerged as ways to improve the detection of suicide risks, to help diagnose patients more accurately, improve clinical decision making, and determine the effects of risk and protective factors on suicide.


    Although there is substantial evidence indicating that machine learning models’ can predict potential suicidal behaviors and thoughts, there are still many questions concerning the ethical issues and practical challenges in using these technologies. For instance, the news of a Belgian man dying by suicide following unsettling exchanges with an AI-powered chatbot raised serious concerns all over Europe early this year.


    This webinar will explore three complementary questions: first, how can AI help front line workers in suicide prevention and aid in the development of mental health promotion strategies? Second, what ethical issues must be addressed in when using existing technologies in suicide prevention and detection of persons at risk, and in the development of new technologies? Third, how can we ensure that these technologies remain safe and effective for both mental health workers, researchers, governments and suicidal individuals?


    This session will cover clinical and public health aspects, and integrate perspectives on the challenges of AI and data related to the field of Suicide Prevention.


    This session is organized in partnership with CLAIRE Brussels.


    What is CLAIRE

    The Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE) is an organisation created by the European AI community that seeks to strengthen European excellence in AI research and innovation, with a strong focus on human-centred AI. CLAIRE aims to establish a world-wide brand recognition for “AI made in Europe” (at the level of CERN), and to position Europe in control of its own future. CLAIRE was launched in June 2018 and now has the support of more than 3,900 people, most of them scientists, technologists, and researchers in Artificial Intelligence. CLAIRE has opened administrative offices in The Hague, Saarbrücken, Prague, Rome, Brussels, Oslo, Paris and Zürich and has received official letters of support from the governments of nine European countries


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    This live event includes a 30-minute networking event hosted on the AI for Good Neural Network. This is your opportunity to ask questions, interact with the panelists and participants and build connections with the AI for Good community.

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    • Start date
      18 October 2023 at 16:00 CEST Geneva | 10:00-11:30 EDT, New York | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing
    • End date
      18 October 2023 at 17:30 CEST Geneva | 10:00-11:30 EDT, New York | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing
    • Duration
      90 minutes (including 30 minutes networking)
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