Although it feels as though hardly any time has passed since many of us were enjoying the 2019 IASP World Congress in Derry-Londonderry, 2020 is drawing to a close. Whilst this year has seen many lows, there have also been some positive developments. Here are the IASP Early Career Group’s highlights of 2020.
What 2020 has brought to the surface is the fragility of our mental health. And no one is immune. We’re seeing a decommissioning of the age-old stigma around mental health that perpetuates an ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ mentality, and instead witnessing how experiencing stress and anxiety is more the norm, a reflection of our common humanity, than an exception. It’s the great equaliser.
Bhutan has launched its first suicide prevention program in 2015 (1) alongside its National Mental Health Program which was in existence since 1997 with an emphasis on building the capacity of primary health care workers in managing mental health and suicide prevention and improve accuracy of reporting.
While I yearned to experience Taipei in-person, exploring the city with its rich history and cultural heritage, and networking with fellow researchers, the hybrid conference presented itself with many benefits.
In association with the Taiwanese Society of Suicidology, we are delighted to have hosted IASP 2020 and hope that many of you were able to join us. We were thrilled to offer this conference to our members and supporters across the globe as a truly hybrid event.
On October 14th 2020, thanks to IASP, we held our informal meeting of IASP national representatives. One of the opportunities that COVID-19 allows us is to practice online gathering since we cannot have conferences to meet and chat. Representatives from around the world gathered in a Zoom room to greet one another, share experiences, and start a process of brainstorming and collaboration.
As I conclude my term as President of the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP), I reflect gratefully on two years of wonderful experiences. The conferences, symposiums and meetings I have had the privilege to lead have provided me the opportunity to strengthen relationships with colleagues, expand my skillset and increase my knowledge base of the field.
The Suicide Prevention for Boys and Men is a new IASP Special Interest Group. Dr. Zac Seidler and Dr. Kylie King co-founded the group in response to a need for a targeted, gendered approach to boy’s and men’s suicide prevention. Global estimates suggest that one man dies by suicide every […]
Last year we celebrated 10th anniversary of the Triple I – intuition, imagination and innovation – in suicide conferences. Back then, we were considering how to go on – what would be a good form to continue our wish to promote intuition, imagination and innovation in research and prevention of […]