Researcher bags second global award for suicide prevention

Professor Nav Kapur is the 2021 recipient of the Stengel Research Award, one of the International Association of Suicide Prevention’s most important honours.

The award is in recognition of what they describe as his outstanding research contributions in the field of suicide prevention and will be presented at a virtual ceremony at the 31st IASP World Congress.

The success follows on from his lifetime achievement award from the American Association of Suicidology earlier this year.

To get this award for our research is absolutely wonderful. Over the last 25 years lots of people have worked incredibly hard to make Manchester one of the top centres for suicide and self-harm research worldwide. I would like to thank my brilliant colleagues as well as everyone who has contributed to our work, especially the patients and carers. And of course a personal thanks to my family

Prof Kapur said: said: "To get this award for our research is absolutely wonderful. Over the last 25 years lots of people have worked incredibly hard to make Manchester one of the top centres for suicide and self-harm research worldwide.

"I would like to thank my brilliant colleagues as well as everyone who has contributed to our work, especially the patients and carers. And of course a personal thanks to my family!"

Professor Paul Yip, Director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at The University of Hong Kong and Chair of the Stengel Award committee said: "There were some incredibly strong candidates but Nav was a unanimous choice.

"He has over 400 publications in the best journals internationally but what distinguishes him is his work with policy makers, clinical services, and advisory bodies in getting his research into practice and making a difference to people’s lives"

The International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) founded in 1960 is the leading global suicide prevention organization and is dedicated to preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour, alleviating its effects, and providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers, and suicide survivors.


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