This research project funded by the Wellcome Trust examines the ‘epidemic’ of suicides within the globalised workplace during the 2000s and asks why work or conditions of work can push some individuals to take their own lives. It aims to bring a critical humanities perspective, based on a close reading of suicide testimonies, to bear on emerging public health research on the rise of economic suicides internationally. The project investigates what suicidal individuals’ own testimonies can tell us about the social conditions that motivate self-killing linked to work and aims to provide a critical alternative to current epidemiological approaches to suicide in public health. Building on an emerging collaboration between humanities and public health researchers in the UK and France, the project breaks new ground in its international and interdisciplinary scope. 

Suicide Voices