<p>Over 800 participants from 45 different countries contributed to the 24th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention in Killarney, Ireland, from August 28 to September 1, 2007. It was hosted by the Irish Association of Suicidology, and sponsored by the World Health Organization in association with a number of Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland Government authorities, as well as the Samaritans. It also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Salvation Army's suicide prevention initiatives.</p><p>It is clear from the presentations that suicide prevention has never been on a more scientific foundation. As well as nine plenary sessions, each with two speakers providing up-to-date details about research and practice ranging from the neurobiology of suicide to the copycat phenomenon, there were over 150 oral presentations, 17 symposia with multiple presenters, and 186 posters. There were also sessions for those completing PhDs, and research master classes with experienced researchers offering comments on research in progress. It is to be hoped that future congresses continue these innovations provided by the congress Chairman, Dr. John Connolly, and his industrious colleagues.</p><p>There is often a perceived dichotomy between research and practice, professionals and volunteers, and also between those
Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention – PsycARTICLES®
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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