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The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is dedicated to:

Founded by the late Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Farberow in 1960, IASP now includes professionals and volunteers from more than fifty different countries. IASP is a Non-Governmental Organization in official relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) concerned with suicide prevention.

If you are feeling suicidal or know of someone who needs help, browse Help to find a crisis center anywhere in the world.


Upcoming IASP Events


16-20 June, 2015
The 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention
XXVIII IASP World Congress
New Discoveries and Technologies in Suicide Prevention
Montréal, Québec, Canada

28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

The 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with the Quebec Suicide Prevention Association, the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and Suicide Action Montreal, will be held from June 16-20, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The congress theme is New Discoveries and Technologies in Suicide Prevention. For further information, please click here to contact Professor Brian Mishara.

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March 2015 News Bulletin

In her article, "From the President," Professor Ella Arensman discusses the World Health Organization (WHO) report entitled, Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative, the first-ever global report on suicide prevention published by the WHO.

Professor Arensman notes this report represents a timely step in the context of the WHO Mental Health Action Plan, 2013–2020, which was published by WHO in 2013, and which achieved the commitment of Health Ministers from all WHO member states to work towards the global target of reducing the suicide rate in countries by 10% by 2020. She further reveals that the report has been translated into all six UN languages

Read to discover what is the current global status of suicide prevention and next steps, including the upcoming IASP World Congress in Montreal, WHO in collaboration with IASP will provide a platform for experts who contributed to the WHO Report, to discuss next steps, in particular provision of guidance for the implementation of recommended initiatives and actions as outlined in the report. In addition, a workshop will be held to facilitate feedback from country representatives and discussion on benefits and challenges in progressing the implementation of the report's actions in countries across the world.

Read an interview with Prof. Brian Mishara, Chairperson, Organizing and Scientific Committees, 28th IASP World Congress to be held June 16-20, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. Learn what would be advantages for young researchers at attend the Congress and more.

Find out about IASP awards, including The stengle Research Award, The Ringel Service Award, The Farberow Awards and the De Leo Fund Award.

Read about former IASP President Professor Jean-Pierre Soubrier, a fifty-year IASP member, who has been promoted to Officer in the National Order of Légion d'Honneur (France.) Learn about his significant contributions to suicide prevention.

Discover how in December 2014, Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalises attempted suicide in India was overturned. This significant shift from a 'legal' to a 'medical' perspective regarding attempted suicide will present a challenge from a policy perspective as it requires access to mental health care for all those with attempted suicide

Dra. Silvia Peláez describes 2014 World Suicide Prevention Day that were carried out in Uruguay.

Details The University of Oxford and healthtalk.org have launched a new online resource to support parents and carers who have discovered their child is self-harming.

Learn about World suicide Prevention Day and its theme, Prevention Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.

Reports IASP member and 2013 IASP Ringel Service Award winner, Professor Øivind Ekeberg was honoured with appointment to Knight 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav.

Read about how 2014 World Suicide Prevention Day activites was marked in Afghanistan by an assembly held at the Ministry of Women's Affairs in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Fund.

Support World Suicide Prevention Day in Cycling Around the Globe. Details last year the total distances reached was almost four times the circumference of the planet or a total of 121,963.3 miles or 196,282 kilometers!

Learn about the Crisis Centre Resource Centre (CRES), Paris, France, that is located in the Centre Psychothérapique Spécialisé (Popincourt). This Centre Popincourt is a crisis center open to the public, dedicated to the struggle against isolation and suicide prevention, particularly for elderly people.

The IASP Executive Committee announced former IASP Development Consultant, Vanda Scott OBE has agreed to take on the voluntary role of International Adviser and thanks her for years of devoted service to IASP.

Details the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has announced the launch of its new video series, SPARK Talks: Suicide Prevention, Innovation, and Action. Browse for further

Find information on the following conferences: IASP/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research; 7th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention; 6th TRIPLE i ConferenceAAS 48th Annual Conference.


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The European Alliance Against Depression deeply regrets the tragic Germanwings crash that occurred in the French Alps and commiserates with the families and friends of the deceased. In this context, we consider it important to provide an update on the nature of Suicide and Depression and to express our concerns about the negative consequences of an increased stigma for patients with psychiatric disorders. Download the statement in PDF format.


IASP Bereavement and Postvention Special Interest Group Newsletter

Leonore Hanssens shares a paper presented at the 4th Australian Postvention Conference, held in June, 2014, in Sydney, Australia, entitled, "The impact of 5uicide Contagion and Echo Clusters in remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory, Australia."

A Handrail on my Journey; Providing Support for People Bereaved by Suicide in Sydney, Australia is the title of this artitle written by Jane Mowll of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Sydney and The University of Notre Dame, Australia. Learn about the SUpport After Suicide Program, now in its 14th year.

Director of Services with Consile, the National Suicide Charity, Ciarán, pens a a report on extending bereavement supports after suicide in Ireland. Learn about the Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service that was introduced this year in five new regional areas, with a dedicated liaison officer working in each area. Read to discover what the Service intends to offer.

Karl Andriessen provides postvention highlights from the 15th ESSSB symposium, held in Tallinn, Estonia, in August, 2014.

Browse to find a Six Month Review of the IASP Bereavement and Postvention Special Interest Group. See proposed activities over the nex six months.

Learn about upcoming events and contact details.

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