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Suizid – Let's talk about it


10. September 2021 – 03. April 2022

Exhibition Opening
10. September 2021

International Symposium
28. January 2022

An accompanying programme with weekly events is to be found under "events"!

Suizid – Let's talk about it!

The Museum for Sepulchral Culture shows its comprehensive special exhibition on suicide since World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th , 2021. This exhibition presents examples from art and cultural history, medicine, the humanities and social sciences to provde information, suggestions, challenges, and opportunities to reflect on how society and individuals deal with suicide. A book publication as well as an extensive event programme will accompany the exhibition in cooperation with other institutions, associations and societies. The aim is to promote public communication on suicide.

Suicide and suicidal behaviour are omnipresent and yet taboo. They are symptoms of psychosocial problems. This contradiction of omnipresence and stigmatisation as well as tabooing is also reflected in the lack of specific references, documents and objects in the inventory of the Museum for Sepulchral Culture in Kassel – a museum, which exclusively and decidedly deals with the topics around the finiteness of our lives. The aims of the special exhibition are clear and urgent: the exhibition serves to de-taboo and destigmatise suicide and the experiences and circumstances that trigger it. It should make an effective contribution to suicide prevention. These goals are to be achieved by a public-effective confrontation with the historically grown and partly still valid reasons for the discomfort caused by the end of life actively sought through one's own actions or omissions. With the help of international cooperations, the project will make an innovative artistic, cultural and scientific contribution with high visibility. It wants to encourage institutions and cultural workers to deal with suicide and contribute to the generation and transfer of knowledge in this field. In addition, a broad audience will be informed about the present and future possible spectrum of frameworks for action and possibilities for help. The realisation of the objectives is achieved within the framework of the exhibition and an extensive accompanying programme as well as a publication. By pointing out and discussing commonplaces and prejudices with their positive or negative connotations – depending on the moral standards, the state of knowledge and the goals of the actors and individuals of different epochs and social milieus – the project will also ask for a utopia: How can a society be created from which no one has to or wants to choose self-induced death because of his or her suffering?

Since the start of planning, the leading suicidologist and head of the National Suicide Prevention Program (NaSPro), Prof. Dr. Reinhard Lindner, Institute of Social Work, University of Kassel, has been part of the project team as scientific director.

Scientific Advisory Board

An interdisciplinary advisory board was set up to support the project.

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Dipl. Psych. Georg Fiedler

Position: Formerly Therapy Centre for Suicidal People, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf

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Prof. Dr. Daniel Hornuff

Position: Professor for theory and practice of design, Kunsthochschule Kassel

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Kettner

Position: Vice Dean Research, Faculty for Cultural Reflection, University of Witten/Herdecke

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PD Dr. med. Ute Lewitzka

Position: Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy and senior physician at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, 1st Chair of the German Society for Suicide Prevention (DGS)

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Prof. em. Dr. Thomas Macho

Position: Director of IFK (International Research Centre Cultural Studies Art Academy Linz in Vienna)

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Prof. Dr. med. Barbara Schneider

Position: Chief Physician of the Dependence Disorders Department at the LVR Clinic Cologne and Head of the National Suicide Prevention Program (NaSPro)

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Dr. Guus Sluiter

Position: Director of the Museum Tot Zover, Amsterdam

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Prof. Dr. phil. Martin Teising

Position: Specialist in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, former President of the International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin

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Susanne Völker

Position: Head of the Cultural Department of the City of Kassel

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Prof. i. R. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Rolf-Peter Warsitz

Position: Specialist in psychiatry and psychoanalysts, former professor of social therapy, Institute for Social Welfare, University of Kassel, 1st Chairman of the Alexander Mitscherlich Institute Kassel (DPV/IPA)

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Francesca Woodman (USA)
Francesca Woodman (USA)
"House #3" (1975-1976/2001) Providence, Rhode Island
© Estate of Francesca Woodman / Charles Woodman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York & VG


An drei Tagen in der Woche werden Studierende der Sozialen Arbeit der Universität Kassel im Museum anwesend sein. Sie stehen für offene Gespräche rund um Suizid und Suizidalität zur Verfügung. Bei Bedarf können sie eine vertrauliche Erstberatung bei Problemen, Sorgen, Suizidalität anbieten und auf geeignete weiterführende Angebote verweisen. Die Studierenden werden ihrerseits vom Suizidologen und wissenschaftlichem Projektleiter Prof. Dr. Reinhard Lindner sowie Salome Möhrer-Nolte, Leiterin der TelefonSeelsorge Nordhessen e. V. ausgebildet, begleitet und beraten.


Freitags, 15 bis 17 Uhr
Samstag, 14 bis 16 Uhr
Sonntags, 14 bis 16 Uhr


Suizid – Let's talk about it! digital


>> Media Echo (PDF, German)


SWR Mensch Leute

The orphaned mother – help after suicide of a child




Fine Arts and Suicidality

Lecture by Dr. Dirk Pörschmann within the symposium
"Suicide prevention in times of global crises and conflicts" of NaSPro




ARTE Tracks

Immortality: How Inescapable Is Death?




Open Counseling Offer in Museum in Kassel: Let's talk about ... Suizid!



Curch in NDR

Interview with the suicidologist Reinhard Lindner



3sat Kulturzeit

About the exhibition and artist Felix Dolah



DLF Kultur  Studio 9

World Suicide Prevention Day: Exhibition in Kassel aims to end silence



DLF Kultur  Kompressor

Exhibition on Suicide in Kassel
Breaking a Taboo




"Suizid - Let's talk about it!" 
Interview with Dr. Dirk Pörschmann



RTL News

Suicide exhibition in Kassel shows ways out of life crisis



Podcast of the Uni Kassel

How to exhibit suicide?




Linkliste mit Hilfsstellen rund um Suizid und Suizidalität


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Kassel und Umgebung

Darüber Reden!: Offenes Gesprächsangebot von Studierenden der Uni Kassel im Museum für Sepulkralkultur

Psychosoziales Zentrum für Geflüchtete Nordhessen e.V.

Sozialpsychiatrischer Dienst - Kassel
0561 787-5390

Frankfurter Netzwerk für Suizidprävention

Deutschlandweit/ Online


[U25]: deutschlandweite Online- oder Vor Ort-Krisenberatung für Jugendliche

TelefonSeelsorge Nordhessen e.V. und Bundesweit
0800 - 111 0 111 und 0800 - 111 0 222

Nummer gegen Kummer


Jugendnotmail für Jugendliche unter 19 Jahren

Trauer nach Suizid

AGUS e.V.: ehrenamtliche deutschlandweite Selbsthilfegruppen für Angehörige um Suizid

Online-Forum von AGUS für Angehörige nach Suizid

Private und geschützte Schicksalsgemeinschaft für Angehörige nach Suizid auf Facebook „Familie und Freunde – Trauer nach Suizid" 

Trauergruppe für Angehörige nach Suizid im Landkreis Ludwigsburg

Verwaiste Eltern in Deutschland: Hilfe für Familien nach einem Trauerfall

TREES of MEMORY e.V.: Verein für Suizidprävention und Hilfe für Angehörige

Suizidgefährdete Angehörige

BeSu Berlin: Einzelberatungen und Gruppen für Menschen mit suizidgefährdeten An- und Zugehörigen

Nummer gegen Kummer *Elterntelefon*


Projekt der Universität in in Kooperation mit AGUS e.V.: Interviewstudie zum Thema ‚Soziale Unterstützung nach Verlust durch Suizid‘

Durchsuchbare Liste mit über 400 Angeboten in Deutschland der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Suizidprävention

















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