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IASP Special Interest Group on Culture and Suicidal Behaviour

(Chair: Dr Erminia Colucci; Co-chair: Prof. Heidi Hjelmeland)

The IASP Special Interest Group (SIG) on Culture and Suicidal Behaviour aims to establish a network of people interested in cultural issues in suicide research and prevention.

Although the initial aim is to establish a network of interested people, we hope in time to be able to develop projects on specific sub-themes (e.g. suicide prevention strategies in different cultural settings; spirituality/religion; human/women rights; gender issues including gender-based violence and domestic/family violence; suicidal behaviour in low income countries; arts and culture; culturally sensitive/appropriate research methods) based on the interest of members.

More specifically, the SIG will have the following goals:

  1. share resources and information relevant to the topic of culture and suicidal behaviour (including publications and funding opportunities);
  2. discuss ideas and provide suggestions around culturally sensitive suicide research and prevention activities;
  3. increase awareness and advocate for a greater consideration of culture in the understanding of suicidal behaviour and the development of suicide prevention strategies;
  4. represent a point of reference for individuals and organizations seeking expertise on the SIG theme and sub-themes;
  5. in the long term, the SIG will seek financial support to initiate and carry out specific research and prevention projects and organize themed meetings/conferences/workshops.

We are currently looking for people interested in joining this SIG. If you are interested in becoming a member of this Special Interest Group, please contact Dr Erminia Colucci (ecolucci@unimelb.edu.au).

At the IASP Conference in Beijing, a meeting of the Special Interest Group on Culture and Suicidal Behaviour has been scheduled on Friday 16th September, 8.00-9.00 am. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please inform Erminia Colucci.