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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.

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


Please note that the nominations for the Executive Committee and National Representatives are underway. Ballot papers will follow in January 2017.

Members from the following countries are invited and encouraged to participate in the nomination of their National Representative in this significant and democratic event:

Bangladesh
Belgium
Canada
China
Denmark
France
Germany
Ireland
Lithuania
New Zealand
Norway
Slovenia
South Korea
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
USA

If you did not receive nomination papers, it may be due to the fact that the IASP Central Administrative Office has yet to receive payment for 2016 membership fees. If you have paid your membership fee and not received nomination papers, please contact the IASP Central Administrative Office as soon as possible, email: membership@iasp.info. A ballot paper will be sent to you immediately.


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


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News


Click here to download our November 2016 News Bulletin

November 2016 News Bulletin

IASP President, Prof. Ella Arensman discusses the success of World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) 2016 which was launched on September 10th in in conjunction with the 16th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour in Oviedo, Spain, where she gave a keynote address presenting an update of global developments in suicide prevention, including new countries initiating suicide prevention programmes as well as an update of the evidence base supporting healthcare and community based interventions. She notes WSPD contributions from WHO included statements provided by Dr Shekhar Saxena and Dr Alexandra Fleischmann. She details WSPD activities including 1,000 activities recorded in 69 countries, Cycle Around the Globe, where 86,331.76 miles or 138,937.70 kilometres were cycled collectively across the globe. She notes Vice President, Professor Maurizio Pompili, received a prestigious award from the President of Italy for his efforts in organising a major WSPD Conference in Sapienza University of Rome for many years. She also sadly notes the passing of Professor Terry Maltsberger, an international expert in suicide research and prevention and a longstanding member of IASP. She also extends a encourage all of you to participate in the 29th IASP World Congress in Kuching, Malaysia, 18-22nd July 2017: Preventing Suicide: A Global Commitment, from Communities toContinents, hosted by Professor Thambu Maniam.

IASP Vice-President Professor Maurizio Pompili, reports on the two-day conference attended by more than 1,000 people at at Sapienza University of Rome where he was awarded the Medal of Republic President – Medaglia del Presidente della Repubblica. He also notes IASP Board Member Emeritus Professor Diego De Leo presented a lecture pointing to suicide and the role of psychopathology with new interesting implications.

Learn about World Suicide Prevention Day where events spanned across the globe from sunrise to sunset connecting countries as far apart as Ireland and New Zealand; and the launch of the WSPD ribbon with over 100,000 being distributed in Canada alone. Also noted is the total number of kilometres cycled was an immense at 138,937.70km across 24 countries which accounts for close to four times the circumference of the planet. Special mention is made of Ms. Susan Vaughan of Australia and Mr. Martin Plöederl of Austria who individually cycled 4,000km and 2,300km respecitvely. A special thank you was made to Syngenta for their continued support of WSPD.

Discover WSPD activities in Kenya organized by Befrienders Kenya, partnering with the Ministry of Health - Department of Mental Health.

Read about a commemorative seminar celebrating 20 years of Sumithrayo service in remote rural areas of Sri Lanka, attended by over 300 participants and organized by Say Yes to LifeHon. Karu, Speaker of The House of Parliament.

Find images of World Suicide Prevention Day activities in Peru, including a massive WSPD ribbon.

Shares a photo-story book, 'Amayra - The essence of life,' written by an Indian author Swati Kumari and illustrated with the photographs of Saurav Anuraj that was launched on WSPD by SAHAI Helpline in Bangalore, India.

IASP Past President and IASP National Representative, Prof. Brian Mishara discusses suicide and suicide prevention activities in Canada and the massive media campaign carried out by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. He also reports on suicide rates among native aboriginal people are much higher than the rest of the population, with several recent suicide clusters in native communities calling attention to the need for more targeted action in suicide prevention, and the recently released the first National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy (NISPS).

Learn about the Practice manual for establishing and maintaining surveillance systems for suicide attempts and self-harm published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

IASP National Representative for Pakistan, Dr. Uzma Irfan Siddiqui, reports on suicide and suicide prevention activities in Pakistan, highlighting challenges to be met and one positive outcome; the focus of mental health has been moved from psychiatric hospitals to teaching hospitals and educational institutions, with the aim of better reaching those in need.

IASP National Representative for Slovenia, Assoc. Prof. Saska Roskar discusses suicide and suicide prevention activities in Slovenia, noting that nearly 20 years ago, Slovenia recorded the highest suicide rate since the official death recordshave been established, namely 3,382 per 100,000. Since then, the suicide rate has gradually declined and reached 2,060 in 2015. The decline is observed in both genders and all age groups, with the exception of elderly men (70 +) where an increase is noticed in the last few years. Read about implemented activities, including a network of counseling services was established nationally throughout the country.

President of OM Foundation, Kutch. Gujarat, India, Dr Pandit Devjyoti Sharma discusses the urgent need for a National Suicide Prevention Strategy for India and the work of his foundation.

Learn about IASP's Early Career Group (ECG) for early career researchers, clinicians, healthcare and related professionals working in the area of suicide prevention. The group is being co-chaired by Dr. Olivia Kirtley, PhD; Mr. Carl-Maria Morch, M.Psy., Ph.D. Candidate, and Ms. Caroline Daly, IASP Research Officer and PhD Candidate.

Project manager, Marta Soczewka, shares on the 10th of September 2016 in Poland the campaign Look… I am disappearing, was launched -the first Polish social campaign focused on prevention of suicides among children and youth. She notes that in 2015 Poland reported more than 600 suicides by children aged 5–20 years.

Read a review of the 16th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour (ESSSB) that was held in Oviedo, Spain from September 8th-10th 2016.

Note that the nominations for the IASP Executive Committee and National Representatives are underway.

News Bulletin also includes an invitation to 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.


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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 Console, 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.