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(1966). International Association for Suicide Prevention. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 47:81-81.

(1966). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 47:81-81

International Association for Suicide Prevention

The International Association for Suicide Prevention was officially established with registration of its constitution in Vienna, Austria, on 10 March 1965, and held its Third International Congress for Suicide Prevention on 22–25 September 1965 in Basel, Switzerland. The professional portion of the Congress consisted of three sections with two main papers and discussants in each. The first session focussed on suicide in specific pathology groups, with papers by Dr P. B. Schneider, Lausanne, Switzerland, on 'Prevention of Suicide in Alcoholics' and by Dr R. Battegay, Basel, Switzerland, on 'Prevention of Suicide in Drug Addicts'. The next session was on problems of prevention of suicide in particular age categories, with papers by Dr H. J. Weitbrecht, Bonn, Germany, on 'Suicide Prevention in Young People' and Dr E. Stengel, Sheffield, England, on 'Prevention of Suicide in the Elderly'. The third session was on suicide under special conditions, with the main addresses by Dr R. E. Litman, Los Angeles, U.S.A., on 'Prevention of Suicide in Hospitals' and Dr H. Hoff, Vienna, Austria, on 'Prevention of Suicide in Prisons'.

The Association has among its goals the establishment of an organization in which individuals and agencies of various disciplines and professions from different countries can find a common platform for interchange of experience, literature, and information about suicide. The Association aims for a wide dissemination of the fundamentals of suicide prevention, both to professional and public resources; to arrange for specialized training of selected persons in suicide prevention; and to encourage, facilitate, and carry out programmes and research, especially those which can be pursued through international joint cooperation.

The officers of the Association were elected as follows:


Dr E. Ringel, Vienna, Austria.


Dr E. Stengel, Sheffield, England.

Rev. E. Bernspang, Eksbo, Toarpsdal, Sweden.

General Secretary

Dr N. L. Farberow, Los Angeles, California.


Dr W. Poeldinger, Basel, Switzerland.

The Fourth Congress for Suicide Prevention will be held in September 1967 in Los Angeles, California.

The I.A.S.P. invites persons interested in further information and/or membership in the Association to write to:

Dr Norman L. Farberow, General Secretary,
Suicide Prevention Center,
2521 West Pico Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California 90006, U.S.A.

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