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. 

IASP Global Policy: Decriminalisation

A fundamental part of IASP's global policy and advocacy work aims to strengthen the forum of expertise who can provide a range of support in the development of global policies and national strategies. IASP supports the decriminalisation of suicide and suicidal behaviour so as not to penalise those who attempt suicide or the families who lose someone through suicide.  Learn more about IASP's policy position on the decriminalisation of attempted suicide.

IASP Executive Committee and Co-Chairs of the National Representatives Elections

We are delighted to announce the results of the recent elections. The following successful candidates will sit for the following terms:

2021 – 2024 (4 years)

President: Prof. Rory O'Connor (UK)   
1st Vice President: Prof. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler (Austria)
General Secretary: Prof. Annette Erlangsen (Denmark)

2021 – 2022 (2 years)

2nd Vice President: Prof. Jo Robinson (Australia)   
3rd Vice President: Prof. Lai Fong Chan (Malaysia)
Treasurer: Prof. Maurizio Pompili (Italy)

Co - Chairs of the National & Regional Representatives:  

Prof. Charity Akotia (Ghana) Zone 2, 3 & 4, 2021 – 2024 (4 years)                        
Dr. Silvia Pelaez (Uruguay) Zone 1, 
2021 – 2024 (2 years)

The new terms will start on 1 January 2021.  On behalf of the current IASP Executive Committee, we would like to extend our congratulations to all the successful candidates. 

We would also like to thank the Election Committee: Dr Tony Davis (Australia), Prof Steve Platt (UK) and Dr Jerry Reed (USA), for their time and commitment; to thank all the candidates who put themselves forward to serve IASP and all our members who partook in these elections. 

Latest News:


WSPD 2020 Impact Report


IASP COVID-19 Resource Centre   


IASP Special Working Group (SWG) on the Decriminalisation of Suicide

Future Conferences:

IASP 31st World Congress: Gold Coast
21 - 24 September 2021

IASP World Congress 2021


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