Bridging Hope Charity Foundation, together with Lifeline Australia, attended the IASP 2018 Asia Pacific Regional Conference in New Zealand, 2-5 May 2018.
The 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Suicide Prevention brought together researchers, practitioners, helpline workers, programme planners, graduate students, communities and anyone affected by suicidal persons, from a range of disciplines from within New Zealand, the Asian-Pacific Region and around the world.
It is estimated that over 800 000 people die by suicide, a ‘global’ mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds. Although traditionally suicide rates have been highest among the male elderly, rates among young people have been increasing to such an extent that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of countries, in both developed and developing countries.
The aim of the Asia Pacific Conference was to identify key issues in suicidal behaviour in the Asia Pacific Region in order to formulate cohesive, relevant and evidence based strategies by bringing together networks working in the field of suicide prevention and to share knowledge, skills, research and good practices in preventing suicide.