A Message from the Hosts
Tahiti, Bora Bora and the so called wider ‘Pacific blue continent’ are often considered to be paradise in the imagination of Westerners. This Eden-like collective unconscious image was created in the tales and writings of the early European explorers (e.g., Cook, Bougainville) who discovered a friendly population in sublime islands. This myth, later reinforced by traveling writers (e.g. Segalen, Stevenson), masks the paradox that suicide is a leading cause of mortality in the Pacific region as well as in some countries of South East Asia (where the Polynesians migrated from in the past millenium).
The 6th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) will present knowledge on anthropological, socio-cultural, literary and philosophical aspects of suicide in French Polynesia, Pacific Islands and Asia. The relationship between mental disorders and suicide risk in the region will be discussed.
We invite you to join us on our scientific journey to gather information from national and regional networks experts on suicide prevention. This will include identifying training and education needs in the region, and sharing knowledge on strategies for suicide prevention in different countries. Together, we will develop new strategies for prevention in the region that take better account of local cultural and socio-economic factors.
Tahiti and its islands are beautiful places. The rich Polynesian culture is undergoing a strong revival, with the introduction of French and Chinese cultures. Beside the blue lagoon, there are many cultural activities, including museums (musée et jardin botanique Gauguin, musée de la Perle, musée de Tahiti et des Iles), ancient temples (marae) and churches, tamure danse and music shows. This conference is a unique opportunity for those who are interested in suicide prevention to discover and work in the heart of Polynesian culture.
Online registration in English
Online registration in French