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The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is dedicated to:

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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Upcoming IASP Events


10 September, 2016
World Suicide Prevention Day
Connect. Communicate. Care.

Please click here to go to the main World Suicide Prevention Day 

Web page


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18-22 July, 2017
XXIX IASP World Congress
Preventing Suicide: A Global Commitment, from Communities to Continents
Kuching (Sarawak), Malaysia

29th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the XXIX World Congress of the IASP which will be held from 18 - 22 July 2017 in Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian State of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. The Congress will be jointly organized by the IASP and the Malaysian Psychiatric Association in partnership with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), SEGi University, the Sarawak Association of the Nursing Profession, the Sarawak State Health Department, Befrienders Malaysia, and the Sarawak Convention Bureau.

For any enquiery please contact any of the following:

  1. Prof Maniam (Chair, Organising Committee (tmaniam@yahoo.com)
  2. Prof Mohd. Fadzillah Abdul Razak (Local Organising Committee Chair) mofadzdr@hotmail.com)

Download the Preliminary Announcement


News


Click here to download our July/August 2016 News Bulletin

July/August 2016 News Bulletin

IASP President, Prof. Ella Arensman discusses the work done during the last three months, including IASP's Asia Pacific Conference in Tokyo, 18-21st May 2016, the IASP and WHO collaborative presentaion of the Train-The-Trainer (TTT) programme for increasing awareness of suicide and self-harm to emergency healthcare staff in Seoul, Republic of Korea. She describes another IASP/WHO collaboration, a webinar on the progress and challenges in developing and evaluating national suicide prevention programmes. Prof Arensman also notes IASP's participation in the 16th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour (ESSSB16) in Oviedo, Spain and World Suicide Prevention Day which this year will coincide with the last day of the ESSSB16 conference.

IASP General Secretary, Prof. Jane Pirkis reviews IASP's 7th Asia Pacific Regional Conference which was held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association for Suicide Prevention.

Learn about the work of IASP's Special Interest Group - Prevention of Intentional Pesticide Poisoning, including the publication of a bibliography of references on pesticide poisoning on the IASP SIG website.

Co-Chairs Dr. Dan Reidenberg and Dr. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, offer a description of activities carried out by IASP's Suicide and the Media Special Interest Group such as the Media Guidelines for Reporting on Suicide now in four languages.

IASP IASP National Representative of Portugal, Alexandre Teixeira shares a handful of intervention projects in the field of suicide prevention in Portugal. Learn about the "+ Contigo" Project, ISMAI Stop Depression program, and the promotion of the first Post-Graduation Course on Suicidal Behaviour in Portugal.

Learn about suicide prevention activities in the U.K., in this report written by Dr. Gill Green, IASP National Representative of the United Kingdom.

Discover recent suicide prevention activities Argentina and Suriname in articles penned respectively by Ernesto Ruben Paez, IASP National Representative of Argentina, and Toby Graafsma, IASP National Representative of Suriname with Zamora Pengel.

Paulius Skruibis, IASP National Representative Lithuania, discusses the Vilnius Suicide Prevention Memorandum, signed by 30 organisations such as the municipality, hospitals, mental health centres, NGO's and Vilnius University

Browse to discover Connecting for Life: Ireland's National Strategy to Reduce Suicide (2015–2020) in this article written by Gerry Raleigh, Director of National Office for Suicide Prevention.

"Preventing suicide among young Australians" is an article shared by Dr. Jo Robinson, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health Orygen, Australia. She notes recent suicide data for Australia shows that suicide rates among young people are at their highest in over a decade and now account for around 1/3 of all deaths in those aged 15–24 years. Read for details.

Read the article entitled, Suicide among emergency medical services personnel written by Chris Caulkins, Emergency Medical Services Program Director / Faculty, and Executive Director, Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research, Woodbury, Minnesota.

Offers a description of the new WSPD Suicide Prevention Day awareness ribbon and Cycle Around the Globe.

See Suggested Activities for WSPD 2016.

Details the World Federation for Mental Health 2016 International Conference.

Provides information on IASP's XXIX World Congress to be held from 18 - 22 July in Kuching, Malaysia.


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The European Alliance Against Depression deeply regrets the tragic Germanwings crash that occurred in the French Alps and commiserates with the families and friends of the deceased. In this context, we consider it important to provide an update on the nature of Suicide and Depression and to express our concerns about the negative consequences of an increased stigma for patients with psychiatric disorders. Download the statement in PDF format.


IASP Bereavement and Postvention Special Interest Group Newsletter

Leonore Hanssens shares a paper presented at the 4th Australian Postvention Conference, held in June, 2014, in Sydney, Australia, entitled, "The impact of 5uicide Contagion and Echo Clusters in remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory, Australia."

A Handrail on my Journey; Providing Support for People Bereaved by Suicide in Sydney, Australia is the title of this artitle written by Jane Mowll of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Sydney and The University of Notre Dame, Australia. Learn about the SUpport After Suicide Program, now in its 14th year.

Director of Services with Consile, the National Suicide Charity, Ciarán, pens a a report on extending bereavement supports after suicide in Ireland. Learn about the Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service that was introduced this year in five new regional areas, with a dedicated liaison officer working in each area. Read to discover what the Service intends to offer.

Karl Andriessen provides postvention highlights from the 15th ESSSB symposium, held in Tallinn, Estonia, in August, 2014.

Browse to find a Six Month Review of the IASP Bereavement and Postvention Special Interest Group. See proposed activities over the nex six months.

Learn about upcoming events and contact details.

Click here to download the newsletter.