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President Lanny Berman discusses fluctuations in suicide rates that are difficult to explain but contends "with international efforts to implement and evaluate coordinated suicide prevention strategies, notably at a clinical services level with individuals identified as at risk, we might also find suicide rates more consistently trending down both within and among our member countries."
Two IASP Special Interest Groups (SIG) have been created; one for the Prevention of Intentional Poisoning with Pesticides and the other to further understand Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescents. Pesticide poisoning is recognised by the WHO to be the single most important global means of suicide and is a significant burden on health services. In a recent systematic review the global estimate of deaths due to pesticide self-poisoning was between 250-370,000 people each year. The widespread availability of highly toxic pesticides in rural communities in Asia and some other parts of the world has made ingestion of pesticides the most common means of suicide in these communities. At least 100,000 adolescents die by suicide every year and among youngsters aged 15 to 24, suicide is the third cause of death. Moreover, the real number of suicides is higher than the statistics show and suicide in adolescence is often underestimated.
For more information or to join the mailing list, please send your name, organisation, contact details to Melissa Pearson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Prevention of Intentional Poisoning with Pesticides SIG; and to Prof. Marco Sarchiapone (email@example.com) for the Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescents SIG.
US National Representative Dr. Dan Reidenberg, discusses the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, stressing the new national strategy was written to foster and engage a public dialogue about suicide, to counter shame and prejudice, address the needs of the full lifespan approach to suicide prevention and the needs of special populations/vulnerable groups. In addition, the Strategy was written with a "community-based" mindset to build upon the understanding and belief that suicide prevention efforts take place among family, friends, neighbors, and in local communities as well as in state and national government bodies.
The IASP News Bulletin has started a new series of Young Researchers to provide them with an opportunity to promote their research for an international forum. In each issue, a young researcher who is currently completing his/her PhD will be invited to present their research. The first column in this series has been prepared by Jennifer McLaughlin, PhD Student at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and is entitled "Understanding Intimate Partner Abuse and Suicide Risk."
IASP Webmaster Kenneth Hemmerick reports World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10, 2012) was an outstanding success with over 450 activities in 74 countries listed; a significant increase over previous years.
Learn about the Andrej Marusic Award that has been recently assigned to three young researchers in the field of suicidology: Dr Olatunde Olayinka Ainde, Dr Alja Videtic and Chris Hagan. Read summaries of the research proposals of the successful candidates.
Prof.Ferenc Túry and András Székely pen an obituary for Maria Kopp, a clinical psychologist who was the founder of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at Semmelweis University, and whose scientific work includes nearly 300 publications.
Learn about the 5th Asia Pacific Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention to be held from 29th Nov to 2nd Dec 2012.
Discover IASP's regional symposium, "Suicide Prevention in Rural Caribbean" to be held 22 - 25 May 2013 in Paramaribo, Suriname. Co-organized by the Institute for Graduate Studies and Research (IGSR), part of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname. IGSR is involved in research and programs concerning the prevention of suicide. This Symposium aims to provide local participants with an update on suicide research and prevention in Suriname.
Lars Mehlum M.D. Ph.D. President of the 27th IASP World Congress, to be held in Oslo, Norway between the 24th and 28th of September 2013, announces the second call for papers. The theme of this congress is "Preventing Suicidal behavior on Five Continents - Innovative Treatments and Interventions." He notes "Delegates will be presented with a rich scientific programme highlighting the latest developments in suicidological research and prevention. A key word to all content is innovation. The enormity of the problem of suicidal behaviour world-wide calls for creative and courageous efforts to bring new ideas and new knowledge into practical work in effective approaches of treatment and intervention."
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