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IASP Task Force - Suicide in the Elderly
IASP Task Force on Elderly Suicide Prevention
Suicide is not only a youth problem. In fact, studies show that, in many countries, suicides rates among elderly persons are higher than or as high as young people. However, suicide in old age is a much neglected area. Considering that the number and proportion of the senior population will increase significantly in coming decades (not only in financially wealthy countries, but also in poorer countries), it is probable that the absolute number of suicides in this group will increase accordingly. During the IASP Congress in Durban, it was therefore proposed to create a Task Force on Elderly Suicide Prevention.
- to identify and report on prevention projects that focus on the elderly (aged 65+).
- to increase IASPís involvement in elderly suicide prevention.
- to increase awareness and understanding about suicide in the elderly.
- Sylvie Lapierre, University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, Canada.
- Annette Erlangsen, University of Aarhus, Denmark and University of Rochester, USA.
- Collaborators: the International Research Group on Suicide among the Elderly.
- identification and description of prevention projects, which have the elder population as a main target group.
- identify the limits and strengths of these projects
- organization of symposiums on suicide in older adults at IASP congresses.
- development of a section on suicide in the elderly on the IASP website to increase awareness of members about the need of this population.
If any of IASPís members would like to contribute actively to this task force or are aware of prevention projects focusing on suicide in older adults, they are kindly asked to contact Sylvie Lapierre (Sylvie.Lapierre@uqtr.ca) or Annette Erlangsen (email@example.com).
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
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