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Suicide is among the leading causes of death in middle-age adults worldwide, and suicide rate in the middle-aged adults is the highest among suicide age-specific rates in many countries. However, suicide research, as well as prevention priority, focusing on this age group has been insufficient when compared with the efforts invested to the other age groups. This SIG aims to enhance our understanding of suicide and self-harm in middle adulthood as important health and social problems, and to support research and network between researchers dedicated to the study and prevention of suicide and self-harm in this age group of population.

Objectives

  • To provide a platform for exchange of knowledge regarding suicide and self-harm in adults of middle ages.
  • To facilitate and develop international research collaboration and networking in this topic area.
  • To provide statistic overview and conduct systematic reviews.
  • To organize symposia on suicide in middle-aged adults at international conferences.
  • To support and coordinate other SIGs for their initiatives relevant to middle-aged population.

Activities during 2019

  • Organized a SIG symposium at the IASP congress in Derry, 2019.
  • Held the first SIG business meeting in Derry, 2019.
  • Finalized the SIG objectives.
  • In progress of producing an overview article about suicide rate in the middle-aged population and a systematic review and meta-analysis of research on suicide in the middle-aged.

Proposed activities 2020/2021

  • To organize a SIG symposium at the IASP congress in Australia, 2021 and one at the IASR summit in Spain, 2021.
  • To write up the review article about suicide in middle-aged adults.
  • To continue the recruitment of SIG members.
  • To review of SIG progress and activities and to develop research collaboration and networking in this area.

Challenges

  • The SIG organized a SIG symposium at the IASP congress in Derry, 2019, which included 4 presentations about suicide in the middle-aged.
  • The SIG chairs have made a clear plan to write one overview article about suicide rate in the middle-aged population and a systematic review and meta-analysis focusing on the middle-aged.

If you would like to join this SIG, please contact us.