The International Congress on Suicide Prevention is taking place this week at UQÀM.
With new technologies, phenomena such as suicide on the Internet and cyberbullying are appearing, among others, but also new practices and means of intervention using these new technologies in suicide prevention. More than 800 participants will meet at theUQAM from June 16 to 20, on the occasion of the 28e edition of the World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), to discuss and tackle subjects touching on the major public health issue of suicide.
Globally, suicide occurs every 40 seconds and it is the third leading cause of death for the 18-44 age group. Every day in Quebec, at least three people take their own lives. The emergence of these new intervention perspectives linked to new information and communication technologies could help reduce the suicide rate. To this end, in accordance with the Comprehensive mental health action plan 2013-2020 World Health Organization (WHO) member states, including Canada, have pledged to reduce suicide rates by 10 % by 2020. Although the target has not yet been met, it It is encouraging to note that constant progress has made it possible to reduce the extent of suicide, including a 50 % drop in the suicide rate among young people in Quebec.
As part of this congress, the speakers will meet to discuss the updating of knowledge about suicide and the dissemination of it, essential elements for understanding suicide and implementing effective practices adapted to our changing societies. .
The lecturer Réal Labelle, professor in the Department of Psychology at UQAM and researcher at CRISE and at the Research Center of the University Institute in Mental Health of Montreal, specializing in suicidal behavior, adolescents, new technologies and cognitive therapy, has developped with his team the mobile application for iPhone @PSY ASSISTANCE, at the Research Center of the Montreal Mental Health University Institute (IUSMM). This application was also awarded the Collectivité Branchée prize awarded by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association in April 2015.