The 10th Asia-Pacific Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

The 10th IASP Asia-Pacific Conference kicked off today in Gold Coast, Australia, providing a key regional forum on suicide prevention in the APAC region.

WASHINGTON DC, DC, USA, May 3, 2022 / — The 10th International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) Asia-Pacific Conference kicked off today on Australia’s Gold Coast, offering a key regional forum for those working in the field of suicide prevention in the Asia-Pacific region.
The conference aims to provide a platform to share current, high-quality, peer-to-peer research that will inform clinical practice, policy, and broader suicide prevention efforts. The conference program covers major topics in suicide prevention, including surveillance, media impacts, priority settings and populations, veteran and military suicide, as well as the impact of covid-19 on mental health and suicide.
IASP President, Professor Rory O’Connor, said at the opening ceremony; “Now more than ever, we need to work collaboratively to help minimize the impact of the pandemic on mental health.”

Globally, the conference aims to contribute to suicide prevention efforts that strive to achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3; achieve the goal of reducing the global incidence of suicide through prevention and treatment, as well as the promotion of mental health and well-being.
“By translating our shared learnings into effective public health policy, we can create a brighter world with accessible mental health care and support for those who need it most, when they need it most.” Says Rory O’Connor, president of the IASP.
IASP is the world’s leading organization dedicated to preventing suicide and suicidal behavior, mitigating its effects, and providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, emergency workers , volunteers, bereaved and suicide survivors.
Organized in partnership with the Australian National Mental Health Commission, LivingWorks Australia and Roses In The Ocean; this Asia-Pacific conference brings together a truly inclusive forum with 584 delegates from 29 countries.


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The International Association for Suicide Prevention
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) leads the global effort in suicide prevention having developed an effective forum that is proactive in building strong collaborative partnerships and promoting evidence-based action to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicidal behavior (www.iasp .Info). Established in 1960, IASP is the largest international association dedicated to suicide prevention and suicide mitigation and works closely with relevant international organizations.

The National Mental Health Commission Australia provides evidence and advice on ways to continually improve Australia’s mental health and suicide prevention system, and act as a catalyst for change to achieve those improvements. The National Mental Health Commission is an official partner of the 31st IASP World Congress.

Roses in the Ocean, Australia is a leading organization for the lived experience of suicide in Australia, focused on creating a safe, trained and supported lived experience “workforce” with the expertise and the skills to bring lived experience as a voice for change in all aspects of suicide prevention.

LivingWorks Australia is the world’s leading provider of suicide intervention training. They believe that suicide is preventable and that everyone can learn to play a saving role. With a range of integrated training programs to meet every need, they have been providing communities and organizations with suicide prevention solutions for over 35 years.

Important Note: Journalists reporting on this event are advised to include information on relevant helplines and websites. The following website provides details of Crisis Centers around the world:

Journalists reporting on this event are also asked to adhere to the following guidelines;
Guidelines for reporting suicides during the COVID-19 pandemic:

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