Welcome to the International Association for Suicide Prevention
IASP is dedicated to preventing suicidal behaviour, to alleviate its effects, and to provide a forum for academians, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.
- To raise awareness of the problem of suicide and suicidal behaviour at a global level.
- To provide a common platform for all representatives of the many professions who are engaged in the field of suicide prevention and crisis intervention.
- To bring together the available knowledge and expertise for effective action.
- To encourage the interchange of acquired experience in various countries and regions.
- To promote the establishment of national organisations for suicide prevention.
- To facilitate the wider dissemination of the fundamentals of effective suicide prevention to professional groups and to the general public.
- To arrange for specialized training of selected persons in the area of suicide prevention in selected training centres.
- To carry out programmes of research, especially those which can be pursued through international joint cooperation.
Strategic Priorities for IASP for the period 2003 - 2008:
IASP will continue to explore and evaluate issues surrounding suicide and its prevention at a global level with the aim of identifying needs and opportunities for suicide prevention.
Three strategic priorities for the next five years have been identified which are interdependent and challenging. Most importantly these aims are totally in keeping with the purpose of the organisation (as listed above).
To make more visible the problem of suicide and the need for prevention at a global level.
Essential to this activity will be a need to ensure IASP is more visible to its external audience - the worldwide community in which it serves. In order to accomplish this, it is necessary to:
1.1 Communicate with the membership on issues related to suicide prevention.
1.2 Communicate with the external audience on issues related to suicidal behaviour and its prevention.
1.3 Activate a collaborative relationship with WHO.
1.4 Promote the activities of World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD).
1.5 Host international congresses (biennially) and regional congresses in order to promote the work of IASP.
2. Systematic Knowledge Transfer:
To establish a systematic knowledge transfer programme in order to provide knowledge and experience at a global level.
In line with the Organisational Aim: "To bring together the available knowledge and expertise for effective action", the raison d'etre of IASP is to bring together the collective knowledge of the membership and related organisations in order to make available the best practice and knowledge in the field of suicide prevention. To this end it is agreed to:
2.1 Establish an information network of research activities, projects and programmes that is available within the membership.
2.2 Establish a team of experts, advisors and experienced practitioners that can be activated to mentor, advise and share skills and knowledge.
2.3 Prepare a programme of workshops and seminars on selected topics that can be taken to other countries or regions.
3. Strengthening the Organisation:
To strengthen the organisation by providing the environment in which the Interaction between members may be activated.
Essential to this activity will be the need to make IASP more visible to its internal audience - the membership. It will require the Administration to be effective, efficient, underpinned in good practice and financially viable/cost-effective. It will be required to provide a quality service that is diplomatic, encouraging & supportive of membership and executive. It should be the positive face of the organisation and therefore it is vital to:
3.1 Strengthen the organisational infrastructure.
3.2 Formulate a communications strategy.
3.3 Develop a multicultural, multi language forum within the Association.
3.4 Promote national and regional structures within IASP.
In this section IASP provides information about the latest developments inside the IASP as well as coverage of recent updates on this site.
The structure of IASP is elected each two years and the current Executive board is listed in this section. Further you may find in the future links to member databases as well.
Want to know who is a member? Check it out in our members directory, accessable with password for members of IASP.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (I A S P) is dedicated to preventing suicidal behaviour, to alleviate its effects, and to provide a forum for academians, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors. In this section you may find the relevant contact point or person for your inquiry.