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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

3-5 December, 2015
2nd Regional Symposium in the Caribbean
Protecting our Youth: Suicide Prevention in the Caribbean Region
George Town, Cayman Island

2nd Regional Symposium in the Caribbean of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

18-21 May, 2016
7th Asia Pacific Regional Conference
Building bridges for a new start beyond borders
Tokyo, Japan

7th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

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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


Click here to download our October/November 2015 News Bulletin

October/November 2015 News Bulletin

Following on from World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) 2015 IASP President, Ella Arensman, reflects on the 13th year of the marking of this unique day.

With WSPD 2015 over, this day was very successful with over 800 exciting events hosted in 73 countries across the world. In this piece we introduce you to some of the events that occurred upon which we will build in future editions of the IASP newsletter.

In this piece we commend the recipients of the IASP Biennial Congress Awards presented in Montréal, Canada. Recipients included Professor David Gunnell (Stengel Research Award); Dr Lakshmi Vijayakumar (Ringel Service Award); Dr Sally Spencer-Thomas (Faberow Award); Dr Joseph Osafo (De Leo Fund Award); Mrs Vanda Scott OBE (Honorary Membership) and also Mr Kenneth Hemmerick (Certificate of Appreciation).

Professor Alejandro Gómez Chamorro, IASP National Representative of Chile, updates us on current suicide rates in Chile. Professor Gómez Chamorro further presents to us the details of the National Plan for the Prevention of Suicide and also two research projects on-going in the area of suicide research in Chile.

Current activities in suicide prevention in Belgium are presented to us by Professor Kees van Heeringen who provides information on the suicide prevention action plans and related activities in Flanders. Suicide prevention in the Wallonia region of Belgium is also briefly described.

A report from the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Suicide among Older Adults. This report from the SIG, which is comprised of more than 100 members from over 22 different countries, details the many publications form the group in recent years. It also lists several of the on-going future plans of the group, currently co-chaired by Annette Erlangsen and Sylvie Lapierre.

Early Career Researcher Dr Abigail Kotowski presents her work. Dr Kotowski's work recommends incorporating instructional competencies into baccalaureate nursing education in order to increase the competence of nursing students in their pursuit to care for patients expressing suicidal ideation.

Register for the 24th European Congress of Psychiatry 2016, due to take place in Madrid, Spain on 12-15 March 2016.

'Connecting for Life' 2015-2020, is the new Irish Suicide Prevention Strategy. This strategy launched in June 2015 envisions an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities are empowered to improve their mental health and well-being. This vision for this strategy is set out in and clearly defined in accordance with seven goals, all detailed in this short report.

The Durkheim Project, an initiative which analyses real-time social media communications and mobile content of veterans to determine suicide or self-harm risk may soon be adopted for use amongst Australian youths according to the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre in Australia.

Following the sad passing of Dr. Aishwarya Sinniah, Prof. Thambu Maniam offers a heartfelt obituary to honour this gifted IASP member and PhD graduate.

Read the Special Interest Group on Postvention and Suicide Bereavement Supplement which reflects on Presentations at the IASP World Congress, Montreal, 16-20 June 2015.

Click image to download statement in PDF format.

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.

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