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The International Association for Suicide Prevention 

The International Association for Suicide Prevention
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The International Association for Suicide Prevention
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Lars Mehlum

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0098
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date: 18 August 2019

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) was founded by the Austrian suicidologist Erwin Ringel in Vienna in 1960, with the aim of preventing suicidal behaviour, to alleviate its effects, and to provide a forum for academicians and mental health professionals, later embracing also crisis workers, volunteers, and suicide survivors. Today, IASP has grown to become the leading international organization concerned with suicide prevention. It is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), and as an umbrella organization, embraces members from nearly fifty national and international organizations on all continents. In its first decade, IASP held its conferences mainly in Europe and North America, but gradually, countries in other regions have been involved in hosting these world conferences. IASP and its international network of people, activities and resources has an important role to fill in a world that seems to be becoming gradually more aware of suicide as the huge societal problem it indeed is. Members from more than sixty different countries, with extensive knowledge and diverse experience, form a truly unique network that will be indispensable for the development of suicide preventive work worldwide.

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