The department’s primary clinical and scientific expertise lies in the study and treatment of suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Based on the personal interests of the fellow, we propose a mix of clinical and research activities. There will also be an opportunity to follow the educational activities in the department (trainee-led bibliography on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and lectures in university, based on the availability), clinical and research meetings in the department.

About the CHU and University of Montpellier

The Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Montpellier is an academic hospital located 15-minutes tram drive away from the Montpellier city centre. Founded in the 12th century, it is closely associated with the world’s oldest existing medical school at the University of Montpellier. CHU de Montpellier provides an extensive range of medical services across multiple specialties.

About the Department of Emergency and Post-Emergency Psychiatry at the CHU Montpellier

The department provides immediate and comprehensive care for individuals experiencing acute psychiatric crises. Available 24/7, the unit comprises a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers who work collaboratively to address immediate needs, stabilize patients, and create robust aftercare plans. It also acts as a gateway to longer-term psychiatric care within the CHU de Montpellier’s extensive mental health services. A large portion of clinical and research activities in the department focuses on the suicidal thoughts and behaviours. The following clinical activities are proposed:

– Psychiatric emergency and liaison, with a 7-bed acute care unit (1–2-day stays)

– Psychiatric post-emergency unit, 20-bed (7–14-day stays)

– Post-crisis consultation services for patients that experienced suicidal thoughts and behaviours

– Bipolar disorder and treatment resistant depression expert centre evaluations and consultations

– Ketamine and esketamine clinic – Eating disorders expert centre evaluations and consultations

– Psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational groups

The department also proposes multiple innovative programs for suicide prevention, such as:

– VigilanS post-crisis contact and orientation services – 3114 suicide crisis line

– Art on the prescription, among others

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Research activities

The department’s research activities are focused on the clinical and neuroscientific aspects of suicidal behaviours (clinical correlates, inflammation, neuropsychology, genomics, brain imaging). The team is led by the Professor Philippe Courtet and is collaborating with the Functional Genomics Institute of the Montpellier University.


Exchange is available during the months of Februrary to July.

Exchange duration: 2-8 weeks.

Language requirements

English: B2

French: B2 preferable. French is the working language in the clinical department, and all clinical activities are in French. Research activities can be carried out in both of these languages.

The responsibility for organizing accommodation and transport rests with the fellow, although the local coordinators should be able to offer guidance with these issues. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any hospital accommodation. It is recommended to plan well in advance before coming to France.

Tavel and health insurance is needed.

About Montpellier

Situated in the heart of Southern France, Montpellier is a blend of old and new, set against the picturesque backdrop of the Mediterranean coast. The city is renowned for its beautiful oldtown, vibrant arts scene, delightful local cuisine, and an eclectic mix of architectural styles that trace the city’s evolution from medieval times to the present. The University of Montpellier’s Faculty of Medicine, the world’s oldest existing medical school, is still in operation since its establishment in the 12th century, offering a fascinating glimpse into the history of medical science. Embracing the future, Montpellier has also emerged as a hub for tech innovation, with a thriving startup scene and an increasing focus on scientific research.


Local coordinator: Aiste Lengvenyte