The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates more than 700,000 people die due to suicide each year and that almost 77% of all global suicides occur in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The WHO ranked Thailand 32nd worldwide in its annual suicide rate report. The report indicated around 10,000 deaths by suicide per year, much higher than other ASEAN countries. Moreover, social media use by minors has significantly increased and has been linked to depression and suicidality.
For every suicide there are many more who attempt suicide or have serious suicidal ideation. Suicidal behaviour profoundly impacts families and communities and remains a universal challenge with millions impacted. The reduction of suicide mortality is of global importance and a vital public health consideration.
This meeting session is dedicated to preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour and alleviating its effects. The Royal college of Psychiatrist of Thailand together with Prof. Deborah Goebert, Director of Hawaii’s Caring System Initiatives for Youth Suicide Prevention, will sharing their works and experiences in suicidal prevention and developing an effective forum that is proactive in creating strong collaborative partnerships and promoting evidence-based action in order to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicidal behaviour.