Special Interest Group - Clusters and Contagion in Suicidal Behaviour

The aim of the IASP Special Interest Group (SIG) on Clusters and Contagion in Suicidal Behaviour is to bring together interested people in research, prevention and policy, who can share information and expertise in clusters and contagion effects in suicidal behaviour worldwide.

Internationally, there is growing public and professional interest in clusters and contagion in suicidal behaviour (fatal and non-fatal). There are indications of increasing clustering and contagion effects in suicidal behaviour associated with the rise of modern communication systems. Yet, the research in this area and information on effective response procedures and prevention strategies is limited. Over the last 5 years we have seen an increase in research and prevention initiatives addressing clustering and contagion in suicidal behaviour in various countries. However, international comparisons are limited and therefore it is unknown whether the evidence on clustering and contagion effects is consistent across countries and cultures. The SIG will contribute to progressing research, prevention and policy priorities in this important and challenging area. In time, the SIG will explore possibilities to develop specific projects or actions to be undertaken by designated Task Forces.

Specific objectives of the SIG:


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Relevant papers and reports:

Hawton K, Lascelles K, Ferrey A. Suicide prevention: identifying and responding to suicide clusters. A Practice Resource. Public Health England. 2015.

Cheng Q, Li H, Silenzio V, Caine ED. Suicide contagion: a systematic review of definitions and research utility. PLoS One. 2014 Sep 26;9(9):e108724. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108724. eCollection 2014.

Niedzwiedz C, Haw C, Hawton K, Platt S. The definition and epidemiology of clusters of suicidal behavior: a systematic review. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2014 Oct;44(5):569-81. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12091.

Haw C, Hawton K, Niedzwiedz C, Platt S. Suicide clusters: a review of risk factors and mechanisms. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2013 Feb;43(1):97-108. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2012.00130.x.

Larkin GL, Beautrais AL. Geospatial mapping of suicide clusters. Te Pou. The National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development, Auckland, New Zealand. 2012.


We are looking for people who are interested in working with us to progress this very important work. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Co-Chairs: Dr Ella Arensman or Associate Professor Annette Beautrais.


Co-Chairs and Contact Details

The Special Interest Group is chaired by Dr Ella Arensman and Associate Professor Annette Beautrais.

Ella Arensman

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Annette Beautrais

Associate Professor Annette Beautrais
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