Keynote Speakers

Alexandra Fleischmann

Dr Alexandra Fleischmann

Suicide prevention at the global level: taking action towards achieving SDG indicator 3.4.2.

Dr Alexandra Fleischmann, a psychologist by training, has been working at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use for more than 20 years. She is the focal point for suicide prevention.

Prof Ann John

Professor Ann John

Real world data for suicide and self-harm prevention- what gets counted matters.

Ann John, a public health-trained former General Practitioner, is a Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University Medical School with a research focus on suicide and self-harm prevention and children and young people’s mental health.

Sheldon Solomon

Professor Sheldon Solomon

The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life: Implications for Suicide Prevention.

Sheldon Solomon is Professor of Psychology at Skidmore College. His studies of the effects of the uniquely human awareness of death on attitudes and behaviour have been supported by the National Science Foundation and Ernest Becker Foundation, and featured in the documentary film Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality.

Prof Robert Neimeyer

Professor Robert Neimeyer

Suicide Loss as a Crisis of Meaning: Implications for Grief Therapy.

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, and maintains an active consulting and coaching practice. He also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, which provides online and onsite training internationally in grief therapy. 

PLENARY Speakers

Prof Brian Mishara

Professor Brian Mishara

Are there some premature deaths we should not prevent? Suicide prevention when Medical Assistance in Dying (Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide) is available.

Director, Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide, Ethical Issues and End-of-Life Practices (CRISE), and Psychology Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal. 

Matthew Spittal

Professor Matthew Spittal

Identifying patients at high-risk of suicide: the problem of using big data to make treatment decisions.

Matthew Spittal is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne, leading the Mental Health Epidemiology Unit.

Saska Roska

Assistant Professor Saška Roškar

Does having a national suicide prevention strategy make a difference?

Saška is active in the field of mental health promotion and prevention of mental diseases, but her primary interest is public health approaches to suicide prevention.

Steven Stack

Dr Steven Stack

Social Inequality and Suicide Prevention.

Dr Steven Stack is a sociologist, Professor, Emeritus Academy, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. He  is the author of 345 articles and chapters and 4 books, which focus on social risk and protective factors for suicide.

Professor Marco Sarchiapone

Refugees: A Mediterranean Perspective.

Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Marco Sarchiapone is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy.

Professor Diego De Leo

Ageism, human rights and suicide in old age.

Prof. Diego De Leo is the head of Slovene Centre for Suicide Research and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia where he directed the Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) [1998-2015].

David McDaid

Associate Professor David McDaid

We can’t afford not to talk about it. Economics, self-harm and suicide.

David McDaid is Associate Professorial Research Fellow in Health Policy and Health Economics at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, Department of Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Louise La Sala

Dr Louise La Sala

From likes to lifelines: The role of social media in suicide prevention.

Dr Louise La Sala is a Research Fellow at Orygen, Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.

Special Lecturers

Prof Murad Khan

Professor Murad Khan

Suicide Prevention in Lower and Middle Income Countries.

Murad Khan is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry, Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi, Pakistan and Associate Faculty at the Centre for Bioethics and Culture (CBEC), Karachi.

Prof Thomas Niederkrotenthaler

Professor Thomas Niederkrotenthaler

Media and suicide: The roles of narratives for suicide prevention.

Associate Professor Thomas Niederkrotenthaler MD PhD is the research group lead for suicide prevention research at the Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. 

Matthew Large

Professor Matthew Large

After Risk, personal, clinical, and institutional responses the extreme weakness of suicide risk assessment.

Professor Large is a psychiatrist in public practice in Sydney Australia. His clinical work has largely been in emergency departments and acute psychiatric settings. Currently, he works in emergency psychiatry at the Prince of Wales Hospital where he is the Clinical Director.

Prof Mark Sinyor

Dr Mark Sinyor

Is it the narrative that counts? Rethinking how we approach responsible media reporting recommendations.

Dr Mark Sinyor is a psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. 

Dr Alexandra Pitman

Dr Alexandra Pitman

Loneliness and suicide prevention: The influence of loneliness on suicidality and opportunities for intervention.

Dr Alexandra Pitman is an Associate Professor in General Adult Psychiatry in the UCL Division of Psychiatry and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. 

Prof Jane Pirkis

Professor Jane Pirkis

Rethinking national suicide prevention strategies.

Professor Jane Pirkis is the Director of the Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She has worked in the suicide prevention field for over 25 years and is particularly well-known for her work on suicide and the media.

Prof Nav Kapur

Professor Nav Kapur

Contradictory findings and the nature of truth in suicide research.

Nav is Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health at the University of Manchester, UK and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.


Prof Rory O'Connor

Professor Rory O'Connor

Gone too soon: Priorities for action to prevent premature mortality associated with mental illness and mental distress.

Rory O’Connor PhD FRSE FAcSS is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and a Past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research.

Vita Postuvan

Associate Professor Vita Poštuvan

COVID and suicide prevention: Did we all panic unnecessarily, or should we still be concerned?

Assoc. Prof. Vita Poštuvan, PhD in Psychology works as a researcher and Deputy Head of the Slovene Center for Suicide Research (UP IAM) and Department of Psychology (FAMNIT), University of Primorska, Slovenia.

Professor John Mann

Dr John Mann

Suicidal behavior and the DSM 5: Should it be an independent diagnosis?

J. John Mann is The Paul Janssen Professor of Translational Neuroscience (in Psychiatry and in Radiology) at Columbia University and Director, Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology Division at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

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