Suicidal behaviour in a globalising context: exploring changing causalites and moralities of self-harm in Sri Lanka and comparative settings

Lead Research Organisation: Brunel University
Department Name: School of Social Sciences

Abstract

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Description The aim of the project was to disseminate the results of my PhD research into suicide in Sri Lanka. I published an edited volume, three authored articles, and one co-authored article as a result of the project. I also conducted a small amount of archival research into the relationships between suicide and colonialism in Sri Lanka, both in terms of the impact of the colonial encounter on suicide rates and how colonisation shaped local understandings of suicidal behaviour. The project also gave me the opportunity to present my work at international conferences in the UK, Poland, Germany, USA, and Canada.
Exploitation Route Aside from stimulating research and debate in anthropology, my work has been enthusiastically greeted by health researchers and health professionals working in Sri Lanka. It is helping them to better understand the sociocultural causes of suicide, implications for prevention, and thus plan their activities.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

URL http://www.tom-widger.com
 
Description My research has been used by toxicologists to better understand the sociocultural causes of self-poisoning in Sri Lanka, the WHO and World Bank to stimulate policy developments in Sri Lanka, and local NGOs to encourage greater debate at a local level concerning the causes and prevention of suicide in Sri Lanka.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Healthcare
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description Society and Ethics Research Fellowship
Amount £220,000 (GBP)
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2017
 
Description Aesthetics of suicide (New Delhi 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Conference panel attended by around 15 people

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Article on The Lancet Global Health blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://globalhealth.thelancet.com/2014/06/27/cultural-social-and-medical-equity-could-provide-lastin...
 
Description Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Feature interview on the blog of the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Contacted by an undergraduate student interested in progressing to a PhD on the anthropology of Sri Lanka
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://blog.wennergren.org/2013/09/interview-tom-widger-and-the-youth-suicide-epidemic-in-sri-lanka/
 
Description Suicide conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact Conference funded by WHO, focused on suicide and self-harm in Sri Lanka

Featured in local press
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://suicideandculture.wordpress.com/bibliography-of-suicide-and-culture-research/proceedings/