MEDIA ALERT: World-renowned experts in suicide prevention to meet this week

April 22, 2003

New research findings and state-of-the-art overviews related to mental illness and suicide as a significant public health threat will be featured during the American Association of Suicidology's 2003 Conference scheduled for April 24-26, with pre-conference workshops on April 23.

The conference will take place at the La Fonda on the Plaza and The Inn at Loretto Hotels in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Hundreds of attendees from across the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries will come together to collaborate on how to reduce suicide rates among diverse populations. New research and informational updates will be delivered by world-renowned experts on topics such as suicide in teens and college students, the elderly, minority groups, substance abusers, those with gambling addictions, police and emergency workers, mothers grappling with postpartum depression and others.

The following key issues - many of these the topic of news coverage in recent months - are among those slated for discussion at the conference:

Journalists are asked to please note the following timing for conference-related programming:

For journalists who cannot be in Santa Fe to cover this conference, AAS Public Affairs staff would be happy to assist by sending out materials from the conference site or arranging for telephone interviews with key presenters. To request this assistance, contact Denise Pazur, AAS Public Affairs, at 920-207-8747, or call the the La Fonda Hotel at 505-982-5511 and ask for the Board Room.
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS), based in Washington, DC, is the oldest and largest scientific and professional organization in the United States representing the field of suicide prevention and suicidology (the study of suicide). Founded in 1968, AAS works to advance an understanding of suicide, its causes and its prevention, through researching and implementing strategies for reducing risk of suicide among all populations. The organization publishes the oldest peer-reviewed journal in suicidology, "Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior." AAS has a diverse membership base that includes researchers, clinicians, educators, public health specialists, crisis workers, students, and "survivors of suicide," that is, those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Through its five divisions, AAS works to forge public and private partnerships that will increase the focus on suicide as a public health issue and best practices in suicide prevention. Fore more information about AAS, its membership, mission and the 36th Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology, visit

American Association of Suicidology

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