In response to widespread concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide and suicidal behaviour an international group of suicide prevention researchers from around 40 countries have formed the International COVID-19 suicide prevention research collaboration (ICSPRC) https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30171-1/fulltext.
Our aim is to enhance good quality collaborative research on the prevention and management of suicide and suicidal behaviours in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to maximise the societal impact of research the ICSPRC is working in partnership and collaboration with the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP).
Our initiatives include:
- A COVID-19 suicide research study register. We encourage all researchers working on COVID-19 related studies of suicide and suicidal behaviour to share detail here to facilitate collaboration
- An editorial in Crisis summarising research considerations in relation to COVID-19
- A series of webinars on COVID-19 related research
- Advice on questions / survey tools relevant to suicide prevention research in relation to COVID-19
- A letter to academic journal editors with guidance on responsible publishing of research on Covid-19 and suicide, published in the British Medical Journal on 8 February 2021 https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n351.
Please also see and share this short video summarising this guidance:
For more information please contact us.
Countries represented in the collaboration:
Australia; Austria; Bangladesh; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; China; Czech Republic, Denmark; Ecuador; England; France; Ghana; Germany; Hong Kong; India; Iran; Ireland; Israel; Japan; Kenya; Malaysia; Mexico; Netherlands; New Zealand; Nigeria; Northern Ireland; Norway; Pakistan; Peru; Russia; Scotland; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sweden; Taiwan; Wales; Uganda; USA
|Mgs||Pablo||Analuisa||Ministerio de Salud Pública, Ecuador|
|Prof||Louis||Appleby||Centre for Suicide Prevention, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK|
|Prof||Ella||Arensman||School of Public Health and National Suicide Research Foundation, College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork, Cork, Republic of Ireland|
|Prof||Jason||Bantjes||Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa|
|Prof||David||Gunnell||Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol, BS8 2PS, UK|
|Prof||Keith||Hawton||Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Centre for Suicide Research, University of Oxford, Oxford UK|
|Prof||Ann||John||Population Psychiatry, Suicide and Informatics, Medical School, Swansea University, Swansea, UK|
|Prof||Nav||Kapur||Division of Psychology & Mental Health, Centre for Mental Health and Safety, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK|
|Prof||Murad||Khan||Aga Khan University, Stadium Road, Karachi, Pakistan|
|Dr||Olivia||Kirtley||Center for Contextual Psychiatry, KU Leuven, Department of Neuroscience, Campus Sint-Rafael, Kapucijnenvoer 33, Bus 7001 (Blok H), 3000, Leuven, Belgium.|
|Dr||Duleeka||Knipe||Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol, BS8 2PS, UK|
|Prof||Thomas||Niederkrotenthaler||Unit Suicide Research and Mental Health Promotion, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Centre for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Kinderspitalgasse 15, A-1090 Vienna, Austria|
|Emma||Nielsen||Self-Harm Research Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD UK|
|Prof||Rory||O'Connor||Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, 1055 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0XH|
|Prof||Michael||Phillips||Suicide Research and Prevention Center, Shanghai Mental Health|
|Prof||Jane||Pirkis||Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Prof||Steve||Platt||Usher Institute, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh|
|Dr||Mark||Sinyor||Department of Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Prof||Ellen||Townsend||Self-Harm Research Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD UK|
|Dr||Lakshmi||Vijayakumar||Department of Psychiatry, Voluntary Health Service, SNEHA, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Prof||Gil||Zalsman||Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel|