Protocol for Responding to Global and Cross-National Public Health Emergencies and Natural Disasters

In April 2020, the then IASP President, mindful of IASP’s leading role as an international suicide prevention organisation, in furtherance of the organisation’s central mission, and in response to the threats to global mental health and the risk of suicidal behaviour resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, established a Presidential Special Task Force on COVID-19 (PSTFC).

The purpose of the PSTFC was to develop IASP’s strategic response to the potential global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicidal behaviour, suicidal ideation and self-harm by devloping IASP’s strategic response to the potential global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicidal behaviour, suicidal ideation and self-harm.

The resulting “Protocol for Responding to Global and Cross-National Public Health Emergencies and Natural Disasters” can be downloaded below.

This protocol has been informed and developed on what we have learnt to date from Covid-19 and will be continued to be informd by the challenges we are all encountering in the impact of this pandemic. 

This resource is available to organisations & associations who may benefit from the content and we welcome access to any such documents on this topic in return. This pandemic continues and so does our concern on the impact on mental health and suicide.