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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


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 April 2016 News Bulletin

April 2016 News Bulletin

IASP President, Prof. Ella Arensman, shares that during the first months of this year, IASP has been involved in many key activities, including the upcoming IASP Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Tokyo and the 16th European Symposium in Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour (ESSSB16). She also discusses IASP's contibution to a major grant research application to address mental health conditions and suicidal behaviour among the increasing numbers of refugees in Europe. Professor Arensman notes IASP's board members' participation in 30th anniversary conference of the SNEHA Suicide Prevention Centre in Chennai and the and the 20th anniversary event of the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, Oslo University, Norway. Read for details.

Professor Steve Platt, IASP Vice-President, offers a status report of the current activities of the IASP Special Interest Groups and Task Forces. Browse to learn about planned activities for 2016.

Read the moving obituary of IASP founding member, Dr. Norman L. Faberow, written by IASP Treasurer, Dr. Mort M. Silverman. Read to learn about this giant of Suicidology who mentored, taught, and was a professional colleague to hundreds of suicidologists worldwide.

IASP Special Interest Group - Postvention Co-Chair, Karl Andriessen, pens "A tribute to Norman, a most modest giant."

Reviews recipients of IASP Awards and Prizes recently awarded at the IASP Biennial Congress in Montréal, including: Dr Joseph Osafo - De Leo Fund Award; Mrs Vanda Scott OBE - Honorary Membership; and Mr Kenneth Hemmerick - Certificate of Appreciation.

Read an interview with the organisers of the 7th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, May 18-21, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Nores Registration for this conference is still open.

Alan Woodward, Convenor of the IASP Special Interest Group on Helplines Best Practices, and Executive Director of Lifeline Foundation (Australia), details the work of this group that brings together IASP members with a passion and contribution to make on the practice and efficacy of helplines, online support services and social media outreach. See planned activities.

Postdoctoral researcher, Dr Olivia Kirtley, shares reasearch in Emotional and Physical Pain in Self-Harm Ideation and Enactment and notes these studies were the first to investigate emotional and physical pain by directly comparing individuals who have ideated about self-harm with those who have engaged in the behaviour. The results suggested that in individuals who have thought about or engaged in self-harm, there is a disconnection between self-perceived and behavioural sensitivity to emotional and physical pain.

Charity S. Akotia, IASP National Representative for Ghana, reports on developments in suicide prevention awareness and activities in Ghana.

IASP National Representative France: Pr. Jean-Pierre Soubrier, MD., shares an outline of Suicide prevention activities in France 2015-2016.

Frances Yik Wa Law, Associate Director, Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention and Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration The University of Hong Kong, reviews the current threats and opportunities relating to suicide prevention in Hong Kong.

In the article "Suicide bereavement in Ireland," Dr. Mairead Nic an Fhaili, Dr. Nicola Flynn and Dr. Stephanie Dowling share their study 'Experiences of suicide bereavement: a qualitative study exploring the role of the General Practitioner,' the first in Ireland to explore the experiences of suicide survivors using focus group interviews.

Learn about the EU Joint Action (JA) on Mental Health and Wellbeing Final Conference which was held in Brussels, 21st-22nd January 2016.

Reveals the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) at the University of Glasgow, will be holding first Suicide and Self-Harm Early Career Researchers (ECRs) Forum at the University of Glasgow on June 3rd 2016.

Discover information about this year's Cycle Around the Globe and World Suicide Prevention Day with the theme

Offers an invitation to the 7th TRIPLE i Conference to be held 5-6 May, 2016, in Piran, Slovenia, and the XX International Congress of IFOTES to be held in Aachen, Germany, 19-22 July, 2016.

Read the Position Announcement for IASP's journal Crisis Editor-in-Chief. See position responsibilities, governance, requirements and applications.


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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.