Anna Baran

Anna Baran

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MD (Jagiellonian University, Cracow), PhD (Lodz Medical University, Lodz) and MBA (Stockholms University) with over 15 years of experience in working in suicide prevention (since 2005), working in psychiatry (since 1995) and experience in project management with sustainable and high impact. Psychiatrist and certified suicidologist.

Expert in Working Group on Prevention of Suicide and Depression at Public Health Council Ministry of Health, Poland (2016-)

Chairperson of the Uppsala-Örebro Suicide Preventive Network by NASP (2005-2015)

Member of the Regional Network on Suicide Prevention in Region Sörmland (2014-2015) and Region Blekinge (2019-2022)

Work experience:

2016-2022: Senior consultant psychiatrist and researcher in Adult Psychiatry Department, Region Blekinge. Sweden.

2022: Co-leader of Task 6 (Education in suicide prevention) of National Strategy of Prevention of Suicidal Behaviours. Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw. Poland.

2015-2015: Senior consultant psychiatrist and researcher in Adult Psychiatry Department, Region Sörmland. Sweden.

1995-2004: Psychiatrist. Psychosomatic Department, Rydygier Specialist Hospital, Krakow, Poland.


Take the opportunity to increase your competence in a stress-free international environment on the topic of suicide prevention, including safety planning, communication, evidence-based interventions, postvention, destigmatization and much more, by choosing one of these innovative, online, self-paced, free courses developed by a strategic partnership of 8 partners (including 3 universities) from 5 countries during 3 years in a grant co-financed by the European Union program Erasmus+. Courses have more than 900 registered participants from e.g. Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, the US, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia and South Africa (April 20, 2023). Help us to evaluate them by filling in a survey at the end of the course, as it can help us to adjust them better to students' needs! 
1. Swedish:
ELLIPSE Gatekeeper+ Liv & Kris Suicidpreventiv Utbildning
2. English:
ELLIPSE Gatekeeper+ Course in Suicide Prevention
3. Norwegian:
ELLIPSE Gatekeeper+ kurs i selvmordsforebygging
4. Polish:
Kurs profilaktyki zachowań samobójczych - ELLIPSE Gatekeeper+
5. German:
ELLIPSE Gatekeeper+ Kurs in Suizidprävention
6. Hungarian:
ELLIPSE Kapuör+ öngyilkosság-megelözö kurzus
7. Ukrainian:
Курс із запобігання самогубствам ELLIPSE Gatekeeper+
8. English (for all publishing online about suicide and suicide prevention):
Suicide prevention for journalism students, journalists, and media professionals
9. Swedish:
Suicidprevention för studerande och professionella inom journalistik och media
10. Polish:
Prewencja samobójstw dla studentów dziennikarstwa, dziennikarzy i pracowników mediów




Schmeckenbecher, J., Rattner, K., Cramer, R. J., Plener, P. L., Baran, A., & Kapusta, N. D. (2022). Effectiveness of distance-based suicide interventions: multi-level meta-analysis and systematic review. BJPsych open8(4), e140.

Pirkis, J., Gunnell, D., Shin, S., Del Pozo-Banos, M., Arya, V., Aguilar, P. A., Appleby, L., Arafat, S. M. Y., Arensman, E., Ayuso-Mateos, J. L., Balhara, Y. P. S., Bantjes, J., Baran, A., Behera, C., Bertolote, J., Borges, G., Bray, M., Brečić, P., Caine, E., Calati, R., … Spittal, M. J. (2022). Suicide numbers during the first 9-15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with pre-existing trends: An interrupted time series analysis in 33 countries. EClinicalMedicine51, 101573.

Pirkis, J., John, A., Shin, S., DelPozo-Banos, M., Arya, V., Analuisa-Aguilar, P., Appleby, L., Arensman, E., Bantjes, J., Baran, A., Bertolote, J. M., Borges, G., Brečić, P., Caine, E., Castelpietra, G., Chang, S-S., Colchester, D., Crompton, D., Curkovic, M., ... Spittal, M. J. (2021). Suicide trends in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic: an interrupted time-series analysis of preliminary data from 21 countries. The Lancet Psychiatry.

Koszewska, I., Walawender, E., Baran, A., Zielinski, J., & Ustrnul, Z. (2019). Foehn wind as a seasonal suicide risk factor in a mountain region. Psychiatria psychologia kliniczna. (Journal of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology), 19 (1), 48-53.

Piech, B., Kiałka, M., Baran, A., Mrozińska, S., Janeczko, M., Humeniuk, E., & Milewicz, T. (2017). Wpływ warunków i stylu życia na poziom lęku kobiet w okresie połogu: badanie ankietowe. Przegląd Lekarski74(3).

Baran A., Kropiwnicki P. Advantages and pitfalls of the Swedish National Program for Suicide Prevention 2008. Psychiatr Psychol Klin 2015, 15(4), p.175-181.


Baran A., Biechowska D., Indries K., Kremser T., Kwiatkowska A., Lien L.,Makara-Studzińska M., Midtomme I., Milewicz T., Mlodozeniec A., Oriold K., Solbakken H. H., Stensmark M., Wojczakowski S., Zaluski M., Pawelec R. (2022). Learning from Lived Experience. The Jagiellonian University, Publishing House, Cracow.


Baran, A., Lester, D., Krysinska, K., & Gmitrowicz, A. (2022). The impact of socioeconomic factors on the variation of regional suicide and homicide rates in Poland: 2007-2016. Suicide Studies, 2022, 3 (4) ISSN 2771-3415 Editorial Board: John F Gunn, III PhD David Lester, PhD3(4), 49-62

Baran A. Suicide Victim: Psychiatric Case, Hero, Criminal Offender or a Normal Person? In Searching for the Words: How Can We Tell Our Stories of Suicide?  Eds. M. Kulp, N. Williams Korteling and K. McKay. E-bok. 2013. p.25-38.


1 Sept. 2019 – 31 Dec. 2022 - International Coordinator of the ELLIPSE-project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Project ID. 2019-1-SE01-KA203-060571. Aim of the grant was to develop an online educational program in suicide prevention for students in higher education. ELLIPSE (E-Lifelong Learning In Prevention of Suicide in Europe). Co-developer of a web application called 12 Steps Safety Plan in English, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Hungarian and Polish. 

Coordinator of the Suicide Prevention Conference in Örebro (2015) and of three regional conferences as a coordinator of Uppsala-Örebro Network in Suicide Prevention, as well First International Seminar in Education in Suicide Prevention (Sept, 10, 2021).

Co-author of Polish guidelines in suicide prevention for media and those who talk with media, as well as a handbook for postvention for schools. Author of a number of posters at national and international conferences and articles in suicidology. Member of IASP (International Association of Suicide Prevention) and EPA Suicidology Section (a national representative for Poland).


Film: Research seminar

Film: How can research & education help us to prevent suicide more effectively?

Read more on our website 12 Steps Safety Plan


Article in journal (Refereed)

Article, review/survey (Refereed)