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guyana-flagPublic Service Symposium on Suicide Prevention: Call for Participants
Guyana, November 8, 2017

The Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations (CANPA), CANPA Member Association: the Guyana Psychological Association, and the University of Guyana, announce a Symposium on Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction in Georgetown, Guyana, on November 8th, 2017. CANPA is seeking Caribbean psychologists with relevant expertise to participate in this one-day, capacity-building event.

Guyana has the highest rate of suicide per 100,000 population in the entire world. This is an unwelcome distinction for a country with relatively limited psychological professional capacity. Caribbean psychologists are invited to join us in Georgetown for this public symposium that focuses on psychology's readiness to lead a multi-faceted and multicultural response to this public health crisis. We are particularly seeking psychologists with expertise in the following areas:

  • Multi-ecological mental health promotion – intrapersonal, interpersonal, communal, cultural, and societal
  • Multi-ecological risk assessment and reduction interventions and strategies
  • Robust services for attempters
  • Suicide surveillance and registration capacity-building systems

If you have expertise in any of these areas, or their related phenomena, and would be willing to participate at your own cost (air and ground transportation, accommodations, meals and incidentals) – kindly send your contact information and a brief abstract to Dr. Omowale Amuleru-Marshall, President of CANPA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This public Symposium will be the first of several meetings over 3 days, which will culminate in CANPA's annual, in-person Executive Council meeting for 2017 on the 10th of November.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to join us in this historic effort to strengthen local capacity and regional collaboration to promote the health and well-being of Caribbean peoples.

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