Important message from Emeritus Professor Diego de Leo AO, ideator of World Suicide Prevention Day

2020 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD)

Conceived by Professor Diego de Leo AO, WSPD has occurred on 10th September each year since 2003. It is an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization, serving as a call to action to individuals and organisations to prevent suicide. In 2020, the theme "working together to prevent suicide" highlights that 'collaboration is the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention' (IASP, 2019).

Dedicated to advancing research and learning in the field of suicide prevention

Developed in 1996, the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) is a national and international suicide prevention research centre. AISRAP conducts public health surveillance of suspected suicides and conducts individual studies with government, industry bodies and non-government organisations. Since 2004, AISRAP has operated a specialised outpatient clinic for people with a history of suicidal ideation or behaviour. AISRAP also provides education and training for health and allied health professionals, offering postgraduate programs in suicidology (Certificate, Master and Master with Honours) and accredited training.

Vision and mission

AISRAP is the leading Australian centre for research, clinical practice, education and community action for suicide prevention, sought after for the quality of the advice and the outcomes it provides in linking research and practice. We aim to promote high quality research, clinical practice, and education for the prevention of suicidal behaviour in Australia.

Our Purpose

Develop effective data surveillance systems for suicide and attempted suicide in Queensland

Undertake primary research and systematic reviews on suicidal behaviour and disseminate the findings

Evaluate best practice for interventions to reduce suicidal behaviour at the individual, community, and population levels

Provide strategic and policy oriented advice to government, communities, organisations, and other interested parties

Life Promotion Clinic

The Life Promotion Clinic is a unique place of care and support for people who have attempted suicide and provides an alternative to community mental health and medical-based care. The clinic opened in 2004 and was the first (and remains the only) outpatient facility in Australia that provides specialised treatment for people with a history of suicidal behaviour.

Funding and research

The Life Promotion Clinic is partially funded by the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention as well as generous members of the local community and we are always grateful for any donations that can be made to expand the number and types of services we offer.

Organisational Structure

AISRAP provides services in research and evaluation, clinical service delivery, and training and education (RCT). Each arm of AISRAP is important in providing a comprehensive understanding of suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention.

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