IASP Offers a Selection of Evidence-based Research and Resources

The International Association for Suicide Prevention Association (IASP) has prepared a selection of evidenced-based research and resources relating to stigma, suicidal ideation and behaviour and mental Health Issues.
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OSLO, Norway - Sept. 6, 2013 - PRLog -- The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) co-sponsor World Suicide Prevention Day every year on September 10th. The theme of this 11th anniversary event is “Stigma: A Major Barrier to Suicide Prevention.” This year, the IASP has prepared a selected listing of evidence-based research and resources relating to stigma, suicidal behavior and mental health issues, and has made this listing available so that writers and others can easily access this information.

The resources can be found here:

http://www.iasp.info/resources/World_Suicide_Prevention_Day/World_Suicide_Prevention_Day_2013/Stigma__Mental_Health_and_Suicide_Prevention/

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world.  Approximately one million people worldwide die by suicide each year.  This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.  These staggering figures do not include suicide attempts which may be up to 20 times the number of deaths by suicide. The economic costs associated with self-inflicted death or injuries are estimated to be in the billions of US dollars a year. The psychological and social impact of suicide on the family and community is staggering.

According to the WHO and the latest Burden of Disease Estimation, suicide is a major public health problem in high-income countries and is an emerging problem in low- and middle-income countries. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people. Nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. These staggering figures do not include nonfatal suicide attempts which occur much more frequently than deaths by suicide.

A large proportion of people who die by suicide suffer from mental illness. Recent estimates suggest that the disease burden caused by mental illnesses will account for 25% of the total disease burden in the world in the next two decades, making it the most important category of ill-health (more important than cancer or heart diseases). Yet a significant number of those with mental illnesses who die by suicide do not contact health or social services near the time of their death. In many instances there are insufficient services available to assist those in need at times of crisis.

This lack of access to appropriate care is one of the many factors that magnify the stigma associated with mental illness and with suicidal ideation and behaviour.

According to the WHO and the latest Burden of Disease Estimation, suicide is a major public health problem in high-income countries and is an emerging problem in low- and middle-income countries. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people. Nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. These staggering figures do not include nonfatal suicide attempts which occur much more frequently than deaths by suicide.

A large proportion of people who die by suicide suffer from mental illness. Recent estimates suggest that the disease burden caused by mental illnesses will account for 25% of the total disease burden in the world in the next two decades, making it the most important category of ill-health (more important than cancer or heart diseases). Yet a significant number of those with mental illnesses who die by suicide do not contact health or social services near the time of their death. In many instances there are insufficient services available to assist those in need at times of crisis.

This lack of access to appropriate care is one of the many factors that magnify the stigma associated with mental illness and with suicidal ideation and behaviour.

Suicide is a multi-determined phenomenon that occurs against a background of complex interacting biological, social, psychological and environmental risk and protective factors. Despite the complexity of this phenomenon, suicide can be prevented.

It is anticipated that World Suicide Prevention Day will be observed this year in well over 50 countries.

Established in Vienna, in 1960, by the late Professor Erwin Ringel, IASP is the key Non-Government Organization in official relations with the World Health Organization in addressing suicide. IASP has brought global attention to the unacceptable loss of approximately 1 million people each year worldwide who die by suicide.

IASP is a unique multidisciplinary organization with its membership coming from 50 countries, primarily from the mental health professions, but with additional members from such disciplines as sociology, social work, anthropology, medicine, public health, education, corrections, probation, coroners/medical examiners, pathology and philosophy.

For press information, please contact:

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- Dr. Lanny Berman (USA) Cell: 1 301 661 5095

Dr Anthony Davis (Australia) Cell: +61 402 247096

Prof Paul Yip (Hong Kong) Cell: +852 2241 5017

Dr Ella Arensman (Europe) Cell: + 353 870522284

Prof Michael Phillips (China) Cell: + 8618917192966

Organizational info - Mrs Vanda Scott Cell: +44 7824 9955 67
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