The International Association for Suicide Prevention was founded by Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Farberow in 1960. Since then, professionals and volunteers from more than fifty countries have joined their ranks. AIPS is a nongovernmental organization officially linked to the World Health Organization in order to prevent suicide.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention aims at:
• preventing suicidal behavior,
• reducing impacts associated with these, and
• Providing a contact point for researchers, mental health professionals, crisis assistants, volunteers and bereaved by suicide.
World Day for Suicide Prevention includes the participation of different countries and aims to convene the population and the media to reflect on the importance of suicide prevention and the treatment given to information about such sensitive issues is generated and sensitive as the death of a person in these circumstances.
The National Directorate organized a National Day for Suicide Prevention. This activity is part of the policies of health promotion and disease prevention aimed at to involve the entire population recovering knowledge and networks of local management.
The organization for National Mental Health and Addictions drives action for suicide prevention in the National and International Day on September 10. This initiative will help raise public awareness that suicide is a health problem, but with the commitment of all preventable.
Suicide is a complex problem, which involves psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors. If you want to find out more about this, visit the official website of World Day to prevent suicide.
Mental disorders are a major risk factor for suicide in Europe and North America; in Asian countries, however, it is particularly important impulsive behavior.
Although the highest rates of suicide were registered among older men, the rates among young people have been increasing to the point that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of countries, both in the world developed and the developing world.
In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Suicide is one of the top three causes of death among people aged between 15 and 44 years old in some countries, and the second leading cause in the group aged 10 to 24; and these figures do not include suicide attempts which are up to 20 times more frequent than completed suicide cases.
Each year nearly one million people commit suicide, representing a rate of “global” mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds.