‘History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life’ reviewed by Dr Tom Widger

History of a suicide: My sister’s unfinished life by Jill Bialosky (Granta, 2015).  History of a Suicide by Jill Bialosky is a moving and deeply personal account of her younger sister’s suicide and the author’s own struggle to come to terms with what happened – or, perhaps, may have happened. For History of a Suicide does not Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘History of a Suicide’ by Jill Bialosky

We are pleased to offer for review ‘History of a Suicide‘ by Jill Bialosky (Granta, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s twenty-one-year-old sister Kim came home from a bar in downtown Cleveland. She argued with her boyfriend on the phone. Then she Read the full article…

‘In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalising South India’ reviewed by Dr Tom Widger

‘In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalising South India’ by Jocelyn Lim Chua (University of California Press, 2014).  Towards the end of 2014, the New York Times ran an article highlighting India’s growing burden of mental health problems, citing its sky-high suicide rate and almost complete lack of psychiatric infrastructure as Read the full article…

Suicide – A Defence. Simon Critchley Public Lecture (Durham Castle, 3 December 2014)

Durham Castle Lecture Series 3 December 2014 – 8pm Great Hall, Durham Castle “Suicide – A Defence” Prof. Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor, New School of Social Research, New York Abstract: I have a very simple idea: to write a philosophical defense of the right to suicide in the attempt to get us all to Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalizing South India’ by Jocelyn Lim Chua

Jocelyn Lim Chua‘s engaging ethnography ‘In Pursuit of the Good Life’ (University of California Press, 2014) is available for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Once celebrated as a model development for its progressive social indicators, the southern Indian state of Kerala has earned the new distinction as the nation’s Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalizing South India’ by Jocelyn Lim Chua

With a view to broadening the boundaries of the medical humanities, we are offering ‘In Pursuit of the Good by: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalizing South India’ by Jocelyn Lim Chua (University of California Press, 2014) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities, but this book may be particularly well suited to Read the full article…

A New Focus for Suicide Prevention: findings from SANE’s Qualitative Suicide Research (Conference, London, 10 Sept 2013)

A New Focus for Suicide Prevention: a one day conference On 10 September 2013 SANE (the mental health charity) is gathering at Toynbee Hall in Central London to share the findings of its five-year programme of qualitative suicide research and to discuss how they can be best used to prevent suicide and suicidal distress. Guest speakers include Professor Matthew Ratcliffe (Department Read the full article…

PCCS Book Series on Lived Experience of Mental Health

Readers of the CMH blog may be interested in this press release from PCCS books and the Madness and Literature Network: ‘The ‘Our Encounters with…’ series collect together unmediated, unsanitised narratives by service-users, past service-users and carers and survivors. These stories of direct experience will be of great benefit to those interested in narrative enquiry, Read the full article…

“Fashionable Suicides of the Romantic Era”: Michelle Faubert (Newcastle, 23 May 2013)

As part of a series of workshops for the ‘Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, 1660-1832‘ Leverhulme-funded project at Northumbria and Newcastle Universities, we are pleased to welcome Dr Michelle Faubert, Associate Professor in Romantic Literature, University of Manitoba, Canada and Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University to lead a workshop on “Fashionable Suicides of the Romantic Read the full article…