It is 9 months since WHO declared the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then the disease has claimed at least 1.5 million lives worldwide. In response to concerns about the impact of the pandemic on suicide and suicidal behaviour, and with support from IASP, the International COVID-19 Suicide Prevention Research Collaboration (ICSPRC) was formed in April 2020.
On October 14th 2020, thanks to IASP, we held our informal meeting of IASP national representatives. One of the opportunities that COVID-19 allows us is to practice online gathering since we cannot have conferences to meet and chat. Representatives from around the world gathered in a Zoom room to greet one another, share experiences, and start a process of brainstorming and collaboration.
As I conclude my term as President of the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP), I reflect gratefully on two years of wonderful experiences. The conferences, symposiums and meetings I have had the privilege to lead have provided me the opportunity to strengthen relationships with colleagues, expand my skillset and increase my knowledge base of the field.
In October, nominations and ballots began for the IASP Executive Committee and the IASP National Representatives in accordance with the organisations constitution.
IASP releases World Suicide Prevention Day Film Observed on 10th September every year, World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) provides the opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. The WSPD theme, ‘Working together to prevent suicide’ aims to highlight that preventing suicide requires the […]
Primary care is the bedrock of any health system. As such, it has a vital role to play in a system-wide approach to suicide prevention. General practitioners, community pharmacists, occupational therapists are situated at the heart of communities and are therefore attuned to the physical, mental health, and psychosocial care […]
Covid 19 and the Mental Health Map Since March we are in isolation and although suicide rates remain stable, it can be seen significant increase in risk factors such as a rise in cases of anxiety and depression, financial and personal losses, increased domestic violence and the feeling of helplessness, […]
The Suicide Prevention for Boys and Men is a new IASP Special Interest Group. Dr. Zac Seidler and Dr. Kylie King co-founded the group in response to a need for a targeted, gendered approach to boy’s and men’s suicide prevention. Global estimates suggest that one man dies by suicide every […]
A new “Suicide Prevention Research Network” has been established in Northern Ireland by Dr. Karen Galway, Lecturer in Mental Health at Queen’s University Belfast, and Prof. Siobhan O’Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University. The network, funded in part by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Partnerships Award seeks to […]