The first World Congress on Suicide was held in Montreal from June 10–13. AFSP and the International Academy for Suicide Research (IASR) as well as other Canadian organizations sponsored the meeting.
Six hundred people registered for the meeting and over 400 were in attendance the first day. It was an exciting event that provided a forum for high-level talks on suicide research, prevention and intervention, and an opportunity for suicide researchers from around the world to exchange ideas. AFSP was prominently represented by speakers and projects.
In addition, AFSP presented its film, Living with Bipolar Disorder, and was represented in presentations by Paula Clayton, M.D., AFSP’s medical director, and Ann Haas, Ph.D., AFSP’s senior director of education and prevention. Numerous AFSP grantees and members of the Scientific Council and Scientific Advisors were in attendance.
AFSP is also pleased to announce the first two recipients of the inaugural AFSP Young Investigator Travel Award, who presented their findings at the World Congress as part of the New Generation Sessions. This year's recipients are Yovanska Duarté-Vélez, Ph.D., and Doreen Olvet, Ph.D.