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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.
Upcoming IASP Events
10 September, 2014
World Suicide Prevention Day
Suicide Prevention: One World Connected
16-20 June, 2015
The 28th World Congress of the
International Association for Suicide Prevention
XXVIII IASP World Congress
New Discoveries and Technologies 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 Discoveries and Technologies in Suicide Prevention. For further information, please click here to contact Professor Brian Mishara.
View Non-IASP Upcoming Events.
Click here to download our August/September 2014 News Bulletin
Ella Arensman, writes her column as President of the IASP about how we can make a better case for suicide prevention to national governments and policy makes.
View a report on the IASP Task Force on Nomenclature -trans-culturally applicable - of suicide - related phenomena.
Catch up on the news from ESSSB15, held in Tallinn, Estonia; we interviewed the organisers.
Loraine Barnaby National Representative for Jamaica and Co-Chair of the Council of National Representatives dicusses Suicidal behavior in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands - Similarities and Differences.
Stephane Amadeo and Ella Arensman review The 6th IASP Asia Pacific Conference On Suicide Prevention and the resulting recommendations.
Young Resercher Alexandre Teixeira pens an article on Suicide Behaviors in Sex Workers. The Importance of Studying a Hidden Reality.
Ulrich Hegerl and Ella Arensman report on presenting the iFightDepression tool to members of the European Parliament.
Read an interview with a new IASP member Carlos Henrique Aragao Neto (Brazil)
Discover the XXVIII IASP World Congress to be held, 16-20 June 2015, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. The theme of the congress is, New Discoveries and Technologies in Suicide Prevention.
Find resources and support materials relating to World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10, 2014
Includes the 2014 IASP membership application form.
Download the latest Postvention (Suicide Bereavement) Special Interest Group newsletter.
Message from the President
With the upcoming World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, I would like to encourage people across the world to become involved in national and international activities which reflect our theme Suicide Prevention: One World Connected. I will be cycling with the team of the National Suicide Research Foundation in Cork, Ireland as part of the global event being hosted by IASP, Cycle Around the Globe for World Suicide Prevention Day. The challenge is to collectively cycle the circumference of the globe, 40,075 km or 24,900 miles. It does not matter how far you cycle, every kilometre counts and there are no limits, you can cycle at home, in the gym or outdoors.
Please see Cycle Around the Globe for more information and for details of where you can log the miles/kilometres you intend to cycle. Please join us by cycling wherever you are.
Welcome to the official Web site of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). The IASP was established in 1960 and is the largest international organization dedicated to suicide prevention and to the alleviation of the effects of suicide. It has members in more than 50 countries and is working in official relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
On our website you can find IASP newsletters and other publications, information about our Task Forces, Special Interest Groups, and Congresses, all dedicated to suicide prevention locally and throughout the world.
Through browsing our Web directory, you will discover selected suicide prevention resources, covering a range of topics for groups at risk, guides for survivors of suicide, crisis centers located across the globe, and more.
We invite you to explore our World Suicide Prevention Day page where you can download the official brochure, banners and find other resources. We also invite you to become a member to receive our internationally respected journal, Crisis, which offers the latest findings from both basic research and practical experience in the fields of suicide prevention and crisis intervention.
Suicide and non-fatal suicidal behaviour are major public health problems across the world. Data from the WHO indicate that approximately one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. Suicide attempts and suicidal ideation are far more common; for example, the number of suicide attempts is up to 20 times the number of deaths by suicide.
But, suicide is preventable. We ask that if you are despairing that you contact a crisis center. Many people have found that talking helps to alleviate painful suicidal thoughts and feelings.
We ask you to continue helping us making a difference in the lives of those at risk of suicide.
Feel free to visit our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter. Please do not hesitate to contact me to learn more about how you or your organization can participate in IASP.
Thank you for visiting.
Professor Ella Arensman
President of IASP
Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF),
Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
University College Cork
Special Interest Groups
Clusters and Contagion in Suicidal Behaviour
Culture and Suicidal Behaviour
Helplines Best Practices
Postvention (Suicide Bereavement)
Prevention of Intentional Poisoning
Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescents
Suicide and the Workplace
Defense and Police Personnel
Emergency Medicine and Suicidal Behavior
Genetics and Neurobiology of Suicide (The)
National Systems for Certifying Suicidal Deaths
Suicide and the Media
Suicide in Older People
Suicide in Prisons
Members receive IASP's journal, Crisis, six times a year.
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