The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is dedicated to:
- preventing suicidal behaviour,
- alleviating its effects, and
- providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.
Founded by the late Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Farberow in 1960, IASP now includes professionals and volunteers from more than fifty different countries. IASP is a Non-Governmental Organization in official relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) concerned with suicide prevention.
If you are feeling suicidal or know of someone who needs help, browse Help to find a crisis center anywhere in the world.
11-14 June, 2014
The 6th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the IASP
Suicide Prevention - a journey through Asia and the Pacific Islands
Un voyage à travers l'Asie et les îles de l'Ocean Pacifique
The 6th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) aims to provide regional participants with an update on suicide research and prevention. It will provide the opportunity to explore and analyse the latest knowledge and developments and how to adapt evidence-based research into suicide prevention activities.
The association, SOS Suicide, with the support of French Polynesia and France Governments and the IASP, wishes to strengthen regional cooperation for a better understanding of the problem and its prevention, and to adapt policy and good practice to the socio-cultural background of the countries in this region.
For further information, please contact Professor Stéphane Amadeo.
27-30 August, 2014
15th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour
Suicide prevention is mental health promotion
The ESSSB is a bi-annual event, where people acting in the field of suicide research and prevention - researchers, clinicians, volunteers - can meet, share experiences and present recent achievements in order to save lives all over the world. The ESSSB offers not only a high-level scientific programme with plenary lectures, parallel sessions, workshops and posters, but also social events that connect conference participants in an informal way. The slogan of the ESSSB15 - "Suicide prevention is mental health promotion" - emphasizes an integrated and hopeful approach to suicide prevention. The ESSSB15 will be held in the vibrant Nordic city of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Conference organizers are the Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute (ERSI, www.suicidology.ee).
16-20 June, 2015
XXVIII IASP World Congress
New Technologies and Discoveries in Suicide Prevention
Montréal, Québec, Canada
The 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with the Quebec Suicide Prevention Association, the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and Suicide Action Montreal, will be held from June 16-20, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The congress theme is: New Technologies and Discoveries in Suicide Prevention. For further information, please click here to contact Professor Brian Mishara.
The following IASP/WHO suicide bereavement publications are available:
Click on translation below to download a copy of the guide.
Please visit the IASP Web Directory for additional suicide bereavement resources.
Click here to download the latest IASP Postvention/Suicide Bereavement Special Interest Group Newsletter.
Details publication entitled, "A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide.
Reveals the Scottish government suicide prevention initiative Choose Life, has launched two new support tools. First, a new publication called, "Supporting People Bereaved by Suicide" is a practice guide for organisations that respond to suicide, including both first responders and those involved in longer term support. Second,"More Questions than Answers," which was developed in collaboration with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland, serves as a complimentary training course.
Read the documen,t developed by a working group at the meeting of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement in Victoria, British Columbia on April 28 - May 3, 2013, entitled, "When does a broken heart become a mental disorder?"
Offers a review of the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) Suicide Support and Information System (SSIS) which the organization developed and piloted.
Jerry Reed, Chair, IASP Council of Organizational Representatives, shares how individuals, touched by suicide, in the US led to the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action (NSSP), in 2001, that was amended in 2012.
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