Dying in a foreign land: A study of completed suicides among foreign workers in Singapore

Suicide is a public health issue that impacts a nation’s resident and non-resident populations alike. Singapore has one of the largest non-resident (work permit holder) populations in the world, yet very little attention has been given to examining suicide in this population. The current study examined the case materials of all 303 non-resident completed suicides […]

Childhood abuse and suicidal behaviors among Chinese migrant workers: The mediating role of alexithymia and social support

This study aims to investigate the lifetime prevalence of suicidal behaviors in a sample of Chinese migrant workers. It also examined the mediating role of alexithymia and social support in the link between childhood abuse and suicidal behaviors. A total of 1,563 migrant workers were surveyed by using cluster sampling. Results showed that the estimated […]

Epidemiology of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and direct self-injurious behavior in adolescents with a migration background: A representative study

Background Data on the prevalence of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and direct self-injurious behavior in adolescents with a migration background are scarce. There are hints that this population is at risk. The aim of the study is to investigate the epidemiology of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and direct self-injurious behavior in adolescents with a migration […]

Migration-related stressors and their effect on the severity level and symptom pattern of depression among Vietnamese in Germany.

Vietnamese in Germany represent a scarcely researched and vulnerable group for mental health problems, especially under exposure to migration-related stressors (MRS). This study analyzes the effect of those MRS on the severity level and symptom pattern of depression. Design. We analyzed the data of 137 depressed Vietnamese patients utilizing Germany’s first Vietnamese psychiatric outpatient clinic. Hierarchical […]

Labour market marginalisation subsequent to suicide attempt in young migrants and native Swedes.

This study aimed to compare young individuals who differed in terms of birth region and history of suicide attempt regarding socio-demographic and healthcare factors, and with regard to their risks of subsequent unemployment, sickness absence and disability pension. Methods Prospective cohort study based on register linkage of 2,801,558 Swedish residents, aged 16–40 years in 2004, […]

Safe in our Hands? A Study of Suicide and Self-Harm in Asylum Seekers

This study examined the incidence of suicide & self-harm in asylum seekers in the United Kingdom, both those in detention & in the community. Available data showed high levels of self-harm & suicide for detained asylum seekers as compared with the United Kingdom prison population. It is suggested this could be attributed to routine failure […]

An Exploration Into the Impact of the Resettlement Experience, Traditional Health Beliefs and Customs on Mental Ill-Health and Suicide Rates in the Ethiopian Community in London

There is very little research on the resettlement experience of Ethiopian forced migrants in London, particularly on causes of mental illness & access to mental health care. This paper reports on a pilot study consisting of interviews with an Ethiopian priest, community leaders, & Ethiopians working in the community health sector. Initial analysis suggested this […]

Cross-National Analysis of the Associations Between Traumatic Events and Suicidal Behavior: Findings From the WHO World Mental Health Surveys

Data on trauma exposure & subsequent first onset of suicidal behaviour were collected via structured interviews conducted in the households of 102,245 respondents in 21 countries. Bivariate & multivariate survival models tested the relationship between the type & number of traumatic events & subsequent suicidal behaviour. Sexual & interpersonal violence showed the strongest effects. A […]

Speaking of Cultural Differences

This editorial discusses the concept of cultural grief brought about by intense cultural changes. Fortes argues that by sharing experiences within cultural chasms & in open listening, individuals can transform the chasms into areas of transition.

Suicide Prevention in Asylum Seekers Reception Centres

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Basic Needs, Mental Health, and Women’s Health Among Internally Displaced Persons in Nyala District, South Darfur, Sudan

This study assessed the basic needs, women’s health, & mental health needs among women in refugee camps in South Darfur, Sudan. 1293 female household heads were interviewed in January 2005. With regard to mental health, nearly a third of respondents (390/1253) met criteria for major depressive disorder & 63% reported symptoms of depression. Over the […]

Suicidal Feelings run High Among Mothers in Refugee Camps: a Cross-Sectional Survey

A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 297 consecutive Afghan mothers in two refugee camps in Pakistan. 106 of the women in the sample screened positive for a common mental disorder. 96 of those screening positive had had suicidal thoughts in the previous month, & 9 rated suicidal feelings as their topmost concern. There is a […]

No Refuge From Terror: the Impact of Detention on the Mental Health of Trauma-Affected Refugees Seeking Asylum in Australia

The final decades of the twentieth century were accompanied by an upsurge in the number of persons fleeing persecution and regional wars. To stem the flow of asylum seekers, several countries in the west introduced policies of deterrence, including detention. Although many countries detain asylum seekers, Australia has been unique in establishing a policy of […]

Driven to Despair: Asylum Deaths in the UK

The authors examine recent research from the Institute of Race Relations, which documents the deaths of over 200 asylum seekers and undocumented migrants who have lost their lives trying to reach the UK or in work-related accidents, as a result of racial attacks and, most often, as a result of self-harm, especially in detention centres.