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IASP Task Force - Defense and Police Forces
CDR Aaron D. Werbel, Ph.D.
Behavioral Health Affairs Officer
Suicide Prevention Program Manager
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps (MRS)
Personal and Family Readiness Division
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-5103
Mandate: To improve the international collaboration necessary to reduce suicides amongst Defense and Police Personnel
Date of Formation: August 2007: Killarney, Ireland
Participants: Current membership and interested parties from 18 countries.
Vision: To be the lead global networking organization for guidance and development.
Mission: To improve the international collaboration necessary to reduce suicides.
Goals: Promote the scientific understanding of suicidal behaviors in Defense and Police Personnel.
Plan: Promote scientific understanding.
Updates: This is the first update for this new task force.
Current: Current focus is on increasing membership.
Achievement: Proposal for the task force was approved by the IASP board.
Action: Put out a call for proposals to sponsor 1-2 day symposia.
Identified: Most of the current expertise on the task force is in military suicide.
Special Interest Groups
Clusters and Contagion in Suicidal Behaviour
Culture and Suicidal Behaviour
Emergency Medicine and Suicidal Behavior
Genetics and Neurobiology of Suicide (The)
Helplines Best Practices
National Systems for Certifying Suicidal Deaths
Prevention of Intentional Poisoning
Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescents
Suicide Among Older Adults
Suicide Bereavement and Postvention
Suicide and the Media
Suicide and the Workplace
10 September, 2016
World Suicide Prevention Day
Connect. Communicate. Care.
18-22 July, 2017
XXIX IASP World Congress of the
International Association for Suicide Prevention
Preventing Suicide: A Global Commitment, from Communities to Continents
Kuching (Sarawak), Malaysia
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