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IASP Newsletters - October 2000

NEW WEBSITE FOR IASP LARS MEHLUM TREASURER OF IASP AND EDITOR OF THE IASP WEBSITE

If you use the search word "suicide" in one of the major search engines on the Internet, you will get about 1 million pages (Alta Vista, September 2000). Tremendous amounts of information about suicide are now available on the net. Not all of this information is constructive and helpful. In the absence of editorial rules and regulations, the net will regrettably be used for purposes that are highly problematic from a suicide preventive viewpoint. Web sites giving detailed information on suicide methods or providing discussion groups for suicidal individuals are only two examples of "resources" on the net which have documented as contributing to several suicides, particularly in the young over the last years.

The Board of IASP wishes to counteract such tendencies. We realize that as a world-wide organisation for suicide prevention we must be there - out on the net, with our resources and our messages. IASP wants to strengthen the public awareness of the problem of suicide and to give information about resources and possibilities for suicide prevention. Furthermore, we want to give information about the organisation and its objectives and activities, and thus recruit new members. Finally, we want to serve our existing membership better. The first version of our website will contain information open to the public.

In the second phase we will include a closed section of the website that will be open to members only. The website is now open at www.iasp1960.org It is hosted by the Suicide Research and Prevention Unit at the University of Oslo, Norway. It is edited by Kirsti Amundsen MA and Lars Mehlum with the support of an editorial board consisting of: Onja Grad (Slovenia), Lanny Berman (USA), Lars Mehlum (Norway), Gert Jessen (Denmark), Thomas Bronisch (Germany) and Paul Corcoran (Ireland).

Please help us develop this site. Any feed back is highly welcomed. All members are encouraged to send information on national and international internet resources they would like us to include in the IASP website. News and information about other resources, activities and conferences etc. will also be appreciated.

Lars Mehlum