International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

The International Association for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour and to alleviate its effects. IASP leads the global role in suicide prevention by strategically developing an effective forum that is proactive in creating strong collaborative partnerships and promoting evidence-based action in order to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicidal behaviour.

Mission statement

Suicide remains a universal challenge with millions impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicide is among the top 20 causes of death globally for people of all ages (7,00,000 p/a). Limited data means the true extent of suicidal behaviour remains hidden (~20 attempts per/suicide); and suicide is far-reaching, leaving many affected and/or suffering intense grief (~135 people per/suicide).

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is the key global organisation, dedicated to preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour, to alleviating its effects and to providing a forum for academicians, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers, and suicide survivors.

Strengthening mental health support is fundamental to the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s strategic priorities and suicide rate; a SDG indicator. IASP works collaboratively in suicide prevention, by focusing on increasing impact through key activities at global, national and community level.

Summary of relevant work

IASP’s new five year strategy (2019 – 2023) emphasises the necessity of strengthening effective collaboration with stakeholders; inter organisationally at UN and global level, along with industry, institutes and associations. Collaboration is the significant theme throughout, in promoting effective evidence-based programmes and the essential delivery of culturally sensitive initiatives. It is designed to encourage and enthuse all sectors to be active partners in joint ventures and to agree to be part of the solution in reducing suicide.

Seeking collaboration with

Experts by experience/service users
Other organizations


Policy and legislation
Prevention and promotion
Training, education and capacity building
Central America and the Caribbean
Children and adolescents
Families and carers
Maternal and neonatal health
Older adults
United States