The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is dedicated to preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour, alleviating its effects, and providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors. 

    World Mental Health Day


World Mental Health Day is on the 10th October. IASP joins the global call for action around this year’s official theme; Mental Health For All: Greater Investment - Greater Access.

Globally there is not enough movement on mental health. One billion people across the world are thought to have a mental or substance use disorder and anyone, anywhere, can be affected. Depression alone is on track to be the leading disease burden in the next ten years. 1 in 10 of us have a mental health condition and those with severe conditions die 10 -20 years earlier than the general population. Suicide is claiming the lives of up to 800,000 people every year - 1 person every 40 seconds - and it's the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29 years.

The reduction of suicide mortality is of global imperative and of vital consideration in improving mental health investment. IASP continues to promote the message within the Step Closer awareness film; that we all have a role to play in preventing suicide from reaching out to a friend or family member, to ensuring mental health and suicide prevention are included within Universal Health Coverage efforts, to lobbying governments to commit to suicide prevention efforts and develop National Suicide Prevention Strategies. No single effort will suffice, research shows multilevel approaches incorporating multiple interventions, to be effective and collaboration at all levels is needed.

On the 9th of October ahead of World Mental Health Day 2020, IASP is contributing to the world’s first virtual March for Mental Health. AT 08.00 GMT 1 hour of this 24 hr virtual event will focus on suicide prevention and mental health with a specific call to urge governments to decriminalise suicidal behaviour so that it can be recognised and treated as a public health issue, bolstering suicide prevention efforts. Join us and come together to call on the world to move on and invest in mental health for all.

The IASP Step Closer awareness film and accompanying social media toolkit continue to be available, now with World Mental Health Day references. Download them here and please do share and promote on social media.

Cycle Around the Globe:


Cycle Around the Globe continues through to World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2020 to raise awareness of the risks of suicide and to fund suicide prevention activities. This event is about our global community: to encourage us to engage with each other and to join together to spread awareness of suicide prevention.

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