Global Initiative on Suicide Research and Prevention – Contribution of HKU

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about one million deaths are lost to suicide worldwide each year. With about two thirds of these suicides happening in Asia, it is timely that the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) 26th World Congress was held this year in Beijing, China from September 13 to 17, 2011.

The IASP is a non-profit organization for those interested or working in the field of suicide prevention and is an official non-governmental organization of the World Health Organization. The Congress was the first time held in China. It was hosted by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) of Peking University and co-hosted by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP) of The University of Hong Kong.

The theme for this year was “Integrating Cultural Perspectives in the Understanding and Prevention of Suicide.” There were 460 delegates and experts in suicide prevention from 48 countries who added their knowledge and experiences of suicide prevention to the cultural tapestry.

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