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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


18-21 May, 2016
7th Asia Pacific Regional Conference
Building bridges for a new start beyond borders
Tokyo, Japan

7th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

Confererence Secretariat email address.


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18-22 July, 2017
XXIX IASP World Congress
Preventing Suicide: A Global Commitment, from Communities to Continents
Kuching (Sarawak), Malaysia

29th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the XXIX World Congress of the IASP which will be held from 18 - 22 July 2017 in Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian State of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. The Congress will be jointly organized by the IASP and the Malaysian Psychiatric Association in partnership with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), SEGi University, the Sarawak Association of the Nursing Profession, the Sarawak State Health Department, Befrienders Malaysia, and the Sarawak Convention Bureau.

For any enquiery please contact any of the following:

  1. Prof Maniam (Chair, Organising Committee (tmaniam@yahoo.com)
  2. Prof Mohd. Fadzillah Abdul Razak (Local Organising Committee Chair) mofadzdr@hotmail.com)

Download the Preliminary Announcement


News


Click here to download our January/February 2016 News Bulletin

January/February News Bulletin

Iasp President, Ella Arensman relects on acitivities and developments over the past year, including key activities such as the 29th IASP World Congress, World suicide prevention Day 2015 and the recent 2nd Symposium on Suicide Prevention in the Caribbean region, where one significant outcome was the acceptance of a Declaration on Suicide Prevention for the Cayman Islands by Government representatives.

IASP 1st Vice President, Dr. Murad Khan, discusses the challenges in providing dignity in mental health in Pakistan, where the psychiatrist to population ratio is about one psychiatrist to half to one million people. Read to learn more about the extent of mental disorders in the country.

Read a Report on the 2nd Caribbean Regional Symposium on Suicide Prevention that was held in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, December 3-5, 2015, that was prepared by IASP Council of National Representatives Co-Chair, Dr Loraine Barnaby who also served as the Symposium's organization committee's Chair.

Co-Chairs of IASP's Special Interest Group on Suicide Among Older Adults Annette Erlangsen and Sylvie Lapierre offers a report detailing publications that have appeared based on the group's joint efforts. Learn about ongoing and plans for future projects.

Seyed Kazem Malakouti MD, IASP National Representative for Iran offers a report on suicide prevention activities in the country, including the founding of the Iranian Scientific Society for Suicide Prevention (ISSSP) and founding of the research unit of suicide behaviors in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health, Iran University of Medical Sciences.

A review of suicide and suicide prevention in the Netherlands, is delivered by IASP National Representative for the Netherlands, Remco de Winter MD PhD, where he reports that the suicide rate in the country increased from 1,353 in 2007 to 1,854 in 2013. Read to learn more about key role players in Dutch suicide prevention, the Dutch Guideline and status of suicide research.

Read the introduction of clinical psychologist, Dr Sally Spencer-Thomas, 2015 IASP Faberow Award winner by Dr Frances Yik Wa Law, Chair of the Selection Committee, noting that the Dr. Spenser-Thomas was selected out of the other nine worthy nominees because not only she met all of the four selection criteria with high scores, but also she has demonstrated an organized and strategic method in leading to significant contributions to the field of working with people bereaved by suicide.

Learn about Dr. Erminia Colucci, (PhD Cultural Psychiatry), winner of the Andrej Marusic Prize 2015, who is is a Lecturer at the Centre forPsychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London and Honorary Research Fellow, Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne (Australia).

Professor Paul Yip reports that the The Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, Hong Kong has published a revised and updated version of the “Suicide and the Media: Recommendations on Suicide Reporting for Media Professionals” handbook of 2004.

Read new IASP member Sebastian Scherr's response to a survey recently administered.

Find details about the IASP 7th Asia Pacific Regional Conference to be held in Tokyo, Japan, in May 2016 or the 7th Triple i Conference to be held in Piran, Slovenia, in May 2016, or the XXIX IASP World Congress to be held in Kuching, Malaysia, July 2017.

Notes on September 8th-10th 2016 the 16th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour will be held in Oviedo, Spain.

The American Association of Suicidology is hosting its 49th Annual Conference from March 30 to April 2, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.


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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.

Click here to download the newsletter.