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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 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


2 - 17 September, 2017

World Suicide Prevention Day - Cycle Around the Globe

2017 WSPD


10 September, 2017

World Suicide Prevention Day

2017 WSPD


2 - 5 May, 2018
IASP 2018 Asia Pacific Regional Conference - Brochure
Copthorne Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand

2017 WSPD


IASP Events Currently Happening

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 more information 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)

Agenda for the XXIX General Assembly Meeting in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia On July 21st, 2017 at 12:00 - 14:30


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News


Click here to download our July/August 2017 News Bulletin

July/August 2017 News Bulletin

Outgoing IASP President Professor Ella Arensmen reflects on her two terms in the position, noting increased global and regional activities, including the raising of awareness of the problem of suicide and suicidal behaviour at a global level, and the facilitation of the wider implementation of suicide prevention strategies.

Learn about the two-day IASP Workshop Training held in Namibia, Africa, in May 2017, that included participants from Ghana, Namibia, Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Tanzania.

Read the "Summary of Results: 2016 Survey of National Representatives" and the IASP Special Interest Group 2016 Survey results.

Offers an invitation to join one of the 15 active Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and the new IASP Early Career Group.

Provides a success story from Montana that details how a created a Suicide Mortality Review Team accesses and analyzes data on suicide deaths and uses that data to identify trends and make prevention recommendations to the legislature.

Dr. Pandit Devjyoti Sharma describes his Life Skills Dynamic Meditation (LSD Meditation), a comprehensive strategy for suicide prevention according to the sociocultural atmosphere of India.

Shares two new book review, including the "Second Edition International Handbook of Suicide Prevention" and "Resources for Suicide Prevention: Bridging Research and Practice."

Details the World Suicide Prevention Day 2017 Awareness Ribbon and World Suicide Preventin Day to be held on September 10th 2017.

Learn about the IASP 2018 Asia PAcific Regional Conference to be held in Copthorne Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand, from May 2-5, 2018.

Highlights the 17th European Symposium on Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour to be held September 5-8, 2018, in Ghent, Belgium.

Discover the IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research to be held November 5-8, 2017 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa, & Casino, Henderson, Nevada. The theme of the summit is "New Horizons for Suicide Research: From Genes to Communities."


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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.


BRIEFING IN CONNECTION WITH THE NETFLIX SERIES '13 REASONS WHY'

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has released a statement expressing concerns about the Netflix series '13 Reasons Why,' which was released in the US in March.

The IASP is particularly concerned about the risks and negative impact of this series on young people, especially those who are vulnerable. Across the series there is violation of the media guidelines for suicide reporting, which may lead to a significant increase in copycat suicides, as has been shown consistently by previous research.

With this briefing the IASP aims to contribute to wider dissemination of media guidelines for suicide reporting and more intensive reinforcement of the implementation of these guidelines by media monitoring agencies.

Following a briefing, released by the National Suicide Research Foundation Ireland in recent days, the clip in which the leading actress, a teenage girl, ends her life which is portrayed in great detail, was taken down from YouTube by the Netflix Communications Department.

However, further safety measures are required to prevent copycat suicides among young vulnerable people who will be watching this Netflix series, as outlined in the IASP statement.

Professor Ella Arensman,

President, International Association for Suicide Prevention

Download the Briefing


Read an editorial entitled, "Suicide Prevention in an International Context - Progress and Challenges," that was penned by IASP President, Professor Ella Arensman for IASP's journal, CRISIS.