Year: 2009 Source: Crisis, v.30, no.4, (2009), p.192-201 SIEC No: 20100299

This study examined explanations of suicide reported by surviving family members or close friends with reference to social, cultural, & environmental conditions as well as the challenges of life in the Malavani slum of Mumbai. Accounts of underlying problems typically referred to various aspects of tension. Perceived causes often identified multiple factors. The sociocultural contexts included the victimization of women, the personal & social impact of problem drinking, marital problems, physical health problems, mental tension, possession & sorcery. Findings highlight the need for both mental health services & culturally sensitive social interventions. (39 refs.)