RESPONDING TO GLOBAL SUICIDE-RELATED RISK FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The International Association for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with national and international organisations, intends to play a leading role in responding to global suicide-related risks arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and other future public health emergencies. The IASP urgently needs your help to develop and implement a strategic plan to reduce COVID-19-related suicidal behaviour. We call upon you to work in collaboration with the IASP, sharing research and other evidence from your country about the impact of the pandemic on suicidal behaviour so that we can collectively integrate sources of key information and insights from your membership, from external stakeholders and, wherever possible, from governments.

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BRIEFING STATEMENT: THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) OUTBREAK MARCH 2020

At the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) we recognise that these are unique and unprecedented times for the world. The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, a global health crisis, demands global solidarity. We must have empathy for all those suffering from the coronavirus and avoid all types of discrimination when it comes to this disease’s origin and/or any individual who has contracted the virus. Open and honest communication and behaviour is required to delay the spread Рonly united can we fight this virus. At all times we remain guided by the expert advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), National Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, our public health emergency teams and research institutions who are continually updating and advising our governments on the most effective approaches to contain, mitigate and delay the virus spread in our countries.

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BRIEFING STATEMENT: REPORTING ON SUICIDE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

It is well-documented that the way media report on suicide can impact risk of suicide and increased contagion. The World Health Organization and a variety of organisations have developed media recommendations to aid journalists on best practices for covering suicide and self-harm related behaviours. With the world facing the COVID-19 health crisis and unremitting emergency health reporting, it is more important than ever for the media to be able to quickly understand and consider these best practices as it relates to suicide. Media reporting that is accurate, factual, fair, evidence-based and non-sensational is critical, in particular around the issue of suicide. At all times media are encouraged to report on the topic of suicide and below are tips that support and supplement existing media recommendations (best practice links can be found below) with the goal here to provide guidance on how to report about suicide specifically during a pandemic.

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BRIEFING STATEMENT: HELPING WORKPLACES & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting workplaces and professional associations worldwide as they navigate new working structures and environments amongst financial uncertainty. The International Association for Suicide Prevention recognises the implications this may have on the mental health and wellbeing of every workplace community. The following recommendations aim to provide some guidance to support workplaces as they navigate this new reality with reassurance, support and signposting.

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