Our Vision

Our vision is of a compassionate world, free of suicide.

Our Mission

To prevent suicide and suicidal behaviour, to alleviate its effects, and to provide a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers, and lived experience.

Our Values

Six key values are fundamental to the core of IASP’s mission and are reflected through our global membership which are central to the productivity of the Association.


  • Compassion
  • Diversity & Inclusivity
  • Recognition
  • Collaboration
  • Prevention & Support 
  • Transparency 
  • Principles & Human Rights 


We aim to utilise collectively our expertise and knowledge in order to empower effective suicide prevention throughout the world. To meet this aim, the 2024 – 2028 IASP strategy is built on four strategic priorities;

Leading Global Collaboration

Leading Global Collaboration

Advance and strengthen IASP's global mission by fostering inclusivity and collaboration in suicide prevention worldwide.

Strengthening advocacy & knowledge exchange

Strengthening Advocacy and Knowledge Exchange​

Build a stronger international presence for advocacy and suicide prevention promotion, ensuring effective use of the IASP platform for communicating cross-cultural knowledge exchange and evidence-based research.

Expanding Reach and Diversity

Expanding Reach and Diversity​

Enhance reach, diversity and representation throughout our membership and network to further suicide prevention across all cultures, sectors and regions across the globe.

Driving innovation & impact

Driving Innovation and Impact​

Lead suicide prevention efforts through IASP's forum of expertise, exploring changing trends, innovative research and effective implementation and practice; with measures to evaluate outcomes and organisational impact.

Our Strategy

Or read the full Organisational Strategy here

Over the last 15 years IASP has prepared and advanced a vibrant strategy that reflected and targeted current needs of addressing suicidal behaviour and its prevention across the globe. By incorporating an external evaluation and carefully listening to the membership and partners, the Board embarked on a strategic process to formulate organisational direction for 2024 – 2028 that reflects the growing need to reduce suicides. The 2024-2028 strategy is a continuum of the previous strategies and extends to meet higher demands in low and middle-income countries where suicides are more predominant and resources more limited. Focus is on key organisational concepts of inclusivity, diversity and sustainability as a priority, as well as a commitment to collaborative partnerships that spearhead joint action and positive results.

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