Language: English, with translation into German, Italian and FrenchBack to: Scientific Program - 5th July
Main hall theatre Giovanni da Udine/ from 14:45 to 15:30
My name is Viktor Staudt: I’m an internationally recognized writer and speaker, and suicide attempt survivor. Because of this attempt, I lost both of my legs, and now live with a wheelchair.My memoir, ''The Story of My Suicide'' (Nieuw Amsterdam Uitgevers, Netherlands) was published in 2012. Several translations followed. I’ve appeared in many European media outlets, including the most watched primetime talk shows on Dutch and German national television. My book has been on the renowned 'Spiegel Bestseller' (Germany) list several times.
Loneliness today is where depression once was: a taboo, especially for the younger generation. While life is looking so good on the surface (social media), yet this 'modern loneliness' is like nothing we have seen before.'During my speaking tour I have come across many young people that tell me about their loneliness, and how it can lead to depression, or even suicidal thoughts. Though we call it loneliness, I think it is more about connecting to others. Or the lack thereof.'My presentation offers tools for recognizing the early signs of loneliness (depression) in teenagers and young people. As well as strategies for overcoming the stigma related to modern loneliness and pathways to help.