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March 2019 News Bulletin

IASP president, Prof. Murad Khan, intoduces the first newsletter for 2019, reporting on the inaugural Australian Research Workshop on Suicide and Self-Harm, which took place in Brisbane in February. He notes attendees have reported an engaging and insightful event.

He discusses work being done on the first National Plan for Suicide Prevention in Pakistan, and the plans for a 2nd National Strategy on Suicide Prevention in Namibia.

Sharing details of the 3rd Caribbean Regional Symposium to be held in Trinidad from 2–4th May 2019, he states, "...The symposium promises to be a stimulating event, bringing together researchers, practitioners, helpline workers, programme planners, graduate students, those within the community and those affected by suicide, from a range of disciplines from within Trinidad & Tobago, the Caribbean Region, and around the world.

He also highlights the upcoming 30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, which will take place in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland from 17-21st September 2019.

Learn more about the Australian Research Workshop on Suicide and Self-Harm which was carried out in collaboration with Griffith University, AISRAP.

Read about the launch of a National Study on prevalence and interventions related to suicide in Namibia took place in October 2018. At the launch, The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Mr. Nangombe, discussed the extent of suicide and self-harm as public health issues in Namibia, informing the meeting that by 2011 Namibia had the eleventh (11th) highest suicide rate in the world and fourth (4th) highest in Africa.

Shares details of a public lecture entitled, "Suicide Prevention in International Context: Progress and Challenges," given by Prof. Ella Arensman in Namibia, at the invitation of the WHO to support the Ministry of Health and Social Services in drafting the 2nd National Strategy on Suicide Prevention for the country.

Learn that following a round table meeting that took place in December 2018 at the Meditrina Mental Health Resource Centre in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a report detailing proposed strategies for a National Plan for Suicide Prevention was prepared by Dr. Asma Humayun and Prof. Murad Khan, with contributions from professionals in mental health, education, law, religion and media, amongst others throughout the country.

Reports that on 30th November 2018, Prof. Ella Arensman presented a Train-the-Trainer programme (TtT), together with Dr Vita Postuvan, on Increasing Awareness of Depression and Suicidal Behaviour at the University of Koper, Slovenia, for professionals working in health and community bases services, i.e. gatekeepers.

Read further about the 3rd Caribbean Regional Symposium in Trinidad from 2-4th 2019, the 30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention to be held in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, from the 17th to the 21st of September 2019, and the 52nd American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference to be held April 24–27, 2019 in Denver Colorado.

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