Suicide and Social Justice unites diverse scholarly and social justice perspectives on the international problem of suicide and suicidal behavior.

With a focus on social justice, the book seeks to understand the complex interactions between individual and group experiences with suicidality and various social pathologies, including inequality, intergenerational poverty, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Chapters investigate the underlying and often overlooked connections that link rising rates and disproportionate concentrations of suicide within specific populations to wider social, political, and economic conditions.

This edited volume brings diverse scholarly and social justice perspectives to bear on the problem of suicide and suicidal behavior, equipping researchers and practitioners with the knowledge they need to fundamentally rethink suicide and suicide prevention.


chapter |12 pages


ByMark E. Button, Ian Marsh

part 1|37 pages

chapter 1|17 pages

Suicide and Social Justice

15Discourse, Politics and Experience
ByIan Marsh

chapter 2|18 pages

Shame as Affective Injustice

Qualitative, Sociological Explorations of Self-Harm, Suicide and Socioeconomic Inequalities
ByAmy Chandler

part 2|87 pages

chapter 3|18 pages

Cultural Continuity and Indigenous Youth Suicide

ByMichael J. Chandler, Christopher E. Lalonde

chapter 4|16 pages

Strengthening Borders and Toughening Up on Welfare

Deaths by Suicide in the UK’s Hostile Environment
ByChina Mills

chapter 5|15 pages

Suicidal Regimes

Public Policy and the Formation of Vulnerability to Suicide
ByMark E. Button

chapter 6|20 pages

Protest Suicide among Muslim Women

A Human Rights Perspective
BySilvia Sara Canetto, Mohsen Rezaeian

chapter 7|16 pages

From Psychocentric Explanations to Social Troubles

Challenging Dominant Discourse on Suicide in Ghana
ByJoseph Osafo

part III|72 pages

chapter 8|11 pages

I Am a Suicide Waiting to Happen

141Reframing Self-Completed Murder and Death
ByBee Scherer

chapter |2 pages

self murder

ByDaniel G. Scott

chapter 9|26 pages

It Takes a Village

The Nonprofessional Mental Health Worker Movement
ByRebecca S. Morse, Michael J. Kral, Maura McFadden, Janet McCord, Lory Barsdate Easton

chapter 10|17 pages

Availability and Quality of Mental Healthcare Services for Veterans at Risk for Suicide

ByCraig J. Bryan, AnnaBelle O. Bryan, David C. Rozek, Feea R. Leifker, Alexis M. May

chapter 11|14 pages

Hello Cruel World!

Embracing a Collective Ethics for Suicide Prevention
ByJennifer White