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IASP Launches Clusters and Contagion in Suicidal Behavior Special Interest Group

The International Association for Suicide Prevention announces the launch of a Special Interest Group devoted to deepening understanding of clusters and contagion in suicidal behaviour.

Oslo, Norway, January 28, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) announces the launch of a Clusters and Contagion in Suicidal Behaviour Special Interest Group.

The aim of the Group is to bring together interested people in research, prevention and policy, who can share information and expertise in clusters and contagion effects in suicidal behaviour worldwide.

Internationally, there is growing public and professional interest in clusters and contagion in suicidal behaviour (fatal and non-fatal). There are indications of increasing clustering and contagion effects in suicidal behaviour associated with the rise of modern communication systems. Yet, the research in this area and information on effective response procedures and prevention strategies is limited. Over the last 5 years we have seen an increase in research and prevention initiatives addressing clustering and contagion in suicidal behaviour in various countries. However, international comparisons are limited and therefore it is unknown whether the evidence on clustering and contagion effects is consistent across countries and cultures. The SIG will contribute to progressing research, prevention and policy priorities in this important and challenging area. In time, the SIG will explore possibilities to develop specific projects or actions to be undertaken by designated Task Forces.

Specific objectives of the SIG:

-Share information on definitions and the methodologies used in identifying clusters and contagion in suicidal behaviour

-Share information obtained in research into clusters and contagion in different countries and facilitate comparative international research

-Share information on policy, response procedures and prevention strategies for clusters and contagion in suicidal behaviour from different countries and compare effectiveness

-Increase awareness of clusters and contagion in suicidal behaviour and associated risk factors

-Share and transfer expertise across countries when clusters in suicidal behaviour emerge

-Facilitate international collaborative grant applications to progress international comparative research, prevention and policy in this area.

-Act as an expert group for individuals and organisations seeking information and advice.

They are looking for people who are interested in working with them to progress this very important work. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Co-Chairs:

Dr Ella Arensman: Ella.Arensman@nsrf.ie
Associate Professor Annette Beautrais: Annette.Beautrais@otago.ac.nz

You are welcome to visit the Clusters and Contagion in Suicidal Behaviour Special Interest Group Web Page at: http://iasp.info/clusters_and_contagion_in_suicidal_behaviour.php

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) was founded in Vienna (1960) as a fellowship of researchers, clinicians, practitioners, volunteers and national and local organizations. IASP, in official relations with the WHO, believes that suicide prevention should be given greater priority at global, national, and local levels incorporating research that has shown suicide is preventable. IASP co-sponsors World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th every year with the WHO.

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