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.
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Click here to download our December 2013/January 2014 News Bulletin
Ella Arensman, writes her first column as President of the IASP, and expresses gratitude to previous president, Lanny Berman and her colleagues over the past four years as IASP Vice-President. She states further that she is looking forwards to working with her colleagues of the newly-elected Board.
She notes the 27th World Congress held in Oslo in September 2013 had over 800 delegates from 60 countries, and included 75 parallel, seven plenary and six poster sessions. Read about what was new.
Learn about the 6th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) to be held in Tahiti, French Polynesia, 10-14 June, 2014.
IASP National Representative for Italy, Maurizio Pompili, pens an article entitled, "Suicide prevention across Italy in a time of economic crisis." He states, "Suicide prevention across Italy has never been so popular before. Suicide awareness programs including World Suicide Prevention Day gained reputation both because of promotion activities over the past years and for the increase in suicide rates over the past few years."
Read about Dr. Maria Oquendo, recipient of IASP's Stengel Award. Kees van Heeringen, Chair of the Stengel Award Committee writes, "Dr. Oquendo is a superb recipient of this prize not only for her research contributions to suicidology, but also because she is an excellent mentor who has taught, supported and encouraged many young, brilliant researchers into research on suicidal behaviour.
Mort Silverman, Chair of the Ringel Service Award Committee, writes about Professor Øivind Ekeberg, recipient of the Ringel Service Award, who has for over 30 years been an outstanding and active researcher in suicidology, and the co-author of the only Norwegian textbook of suicidology. In 1993, he was appointed by The Norwegian Directorate of Health to develop a Suicide Prevention Programme for Norway (one of the first in the world).
Karl Andriessen, Chair of the Faberow Award Committee, authors a biographical note on Alan Staines OAM OF (Envoy), who was the Founder and Director of Hope for Life, the Salvation Army's Suicide Prevention Bereavement Support Services from 2006 up to June 2013. He was a driving force behind the establishment of the Salvation Army's suicide bereavement services.
Learn about the second meeting for the WHO World Suicide Report and Symposium that was held 16-18 December, 2013 in which IASP Board members contributed.
Discover the first announcement for 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.
Outgoing president, Lanny Berman discusses the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 adopted by the World Health Assembly. The Plan represents a commitment of all 194 member states to take specific actions to attain global targets, among which is to reduce suicide rates in countries by 10% by 2020. That is to reduce suicide by 10% in only 7.5 years.
Find updates on the IASP's Emergency Medicine and Suicide Task Force and the Suicide Clusters and Contagion Special Interest Group.
Read World Suicide Prevention Day 2013 reports from Kenya and Argentina.
Details the 15th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour, to be held 27-30 August, 2014, in Tallinn Estonia, with the theme. "Suicide prevention is mental health promotion."
Find selected images from the IASP's XXVII World Congress.
Includes the 2014 IASP membership application form.
Download the latest Postvention (Suicide Bereavement) Special Interest Group newsletter.
Upcoming IASP Events
10-13 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
Tahiti, French Polynesia
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 Dr. Stéphane Amadeo.
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 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.
Upcoming Non-IASP Events
6-7 March, 2014
5th Self Injury Awareness Conference
Self Injury Awareness - past, present and future
1 April, 2014
iFightDepression: E-self-management of depression in the context of current and future mental health programmes
For further information and registration details, please contact Gillian Karwig at email@example.com.
13-14 May, 2014
5th Triple i Conference
Intuition, Imagination and Innovation in Suicidology
We are pleased to invite you to the 5th TRIPLE i Conference: Intuition, Imagination and Innovation in Suicidology, which is an international annual conference.
The programme includes topics of suicide research and clinical work with suicidal patients and addresses the existing difficulties in these fields. Eight speakers will have more time than in usual conferences to present their experiences. The small size of the conference allows us to create a friendly environment for fruitful discussions between distinguished experts and young and perspective suicidologists or other eager professionals in the field.
Students, professionals, scholars, practitioners or others interested in the topic of suicidal behaviours from different fields and different parts of the world are invited to join the conference.
Let the TRIPLE i be the opportunity to express and practice your intuition, imagination and innovative ideas in suicidology!
Prof. Diego De Leo
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).