The International Zero Suicide Summits

The International Zero Suicide Summits

manchester summitOxford, United Kingdom

In 2014, as a match for the IIMHL Manchester 2014 conference, 14 zero suicide experts representing four countries, convened to discuss how to further the zero suicide movement on a global level.  “We are at the beginning of this journey and we start out from the core value that no one of our patients should die alone and in despair by suicide.” This challenge, issued by Dutch psychiatrist Jan Mokkenstorm, became the shared declaration for the first international gathering of organizations committed to Zero Suicide in Health Care, who met along with others at the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) conference in Oxford UK on June 9-10. Learn more about the Oxford Summit here.


atlanta zero suicide summitAtlanta, Georgia

In 2015, the following year, fifty suicide prevention experts from 13 countries joined together in Atlanta, Georgia for the second summit (IIMHL Vancouver 2015). For the duration of the summit, they worked diligently to create frame-breaking results, jointly authoring the Zero Suicide Declaration. Learn more about the Atlanta Summit here.




Sydney Harbor Sydney, Australia

In February, 2017, Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) and RI International partnered with the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) to co-host the third ever global summit on Zero Suicide.  Sue Murray is Chief Executive for SPA, and brings a wealth of experience from her decade leading the National Breast Cancer Foundation and making it one of the most widely recognized organizations in the community sector. Sue suggested the theme for translating an international declaration into local action.  Learn more about the Sydney Summit here.