On 1st October 2020, the EU funded “Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings” MINDUP changed its acronym into MENTUPP.
Meeting Professor Hawton in 1992 was a memorable occasion as it was over a cheese sandwich sitting on the cricket grounds at the Warneford, Oxford.
October saw Professor Keith Hawton (Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford) and his team organise the annual British Isles Workshop: a programme of presentations on topical and emerging research on suicide and self-harm, along with opportunities for lively discussions.
Although it feels as though hardly any time has passed since many of us were enjoying the 2019 IASP World Congress in Derry-Londonderry, 2020 is drawing to a close. Whilst this year has seen many lows, there have also been some positive developments. Here are the IASP Early Career Group’s highlights of 2020.
What 2020 has brought to the surface is the fragility of our mental health. And no one is immune. We’re seeing a decommissioning of the age-old stigma around mental health that perpetuates an ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ mentality, and instead witnessing how experiencing stress and anxiety is more the norm, a reflection of our common humanity, than an exception. It’s the great equaliser.
Bhutan has launched its first suicide prevention program in 2015 (1) alongside its National Mental Health Program which was in existence since 1997 with an emphasis on building the capacity of primary health care workers in managing mental health and suicide prevention and improve accuracy of reporting.
While I yearned to experience Taipei in-person, exploring the city with its rich history and cultural heritage, and networking with fellow researchers, the hybrid conference presented itself with many benefits.
In association with the Taiwanese Society of Suicidology, we are delighted to have hosted IASP 2020 and hope that many of you were able to join us. We were thrilled to offer this conference to our members and supporters across the globe as a truly hybrid event.
In the frame of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2020, the Scientific Director of the Greek Center for Suicide Prevention sends his message signaling the prepublication of the second edition of the Guide for Survivors of Suicide, which will be completed through a participatory process of all those who wish to share their own experience of losing a loved one.