<p>The 21st Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (I.A.S.P.) was held in Chennai, India, from the 22 to 26 September 2001. This was the first time in 40 years that the Congress had met in Asia, and it was also the first occasion in which a volunteer group, Sneha, had been co-convenors of the Congress. Let it be stated at the outset: The Congress was a great success.</p><p>India is the second most populous country in the world, with a population of about one billion persons. It is a diverse country in many ways. For example, there is remarkable religious tolerance—which is an object lesson to many other countries—and there are extremes of climate and geographical features. There are also extremes of wealth and poverty, although there is a middle class of some 300 million persons who, along with the rest of the population, share aspirations and emotions similar to those of the middle class in other countries. Indeed, it is not spared suicide, and it is estimated that about 100,000 persons in India commit suicide each year, a figure approximately three times that of the United States.</p><p>It is in this context that the Congress was held.
Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention – PsycARTICLES®
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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