If you’d prefer to listen rather than read, in episode 1 of the Suicide Cultures podcast, the team interview me about this work.

Hello, I’m Emily Yue, a PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh. Previously I worked as an employment and discrimination, and EU rights caseworker at Citizen’s Advice in Flintshire, North Wales.

In 2002 my dad died by suicide, and many years later I realised that despite being born and raised in Liverpool, he would have been considered a second-generation “migrant” to many, because of his dad being Chinese.

In August 2021, the Office for National Statistics published that “mixed men” are dying by suicide at high rates. Reporting ethnicity in death by suicide in Britain is a recent development. Previously, we only had data based on age and sex, hence the “crisis” of suicide among middle aged men (my dad was “middle aged” when he died, I have written more about suicide “crisis” here).

20 years ago, my dad’s suicide was framed as a mental illness, a crisis of masculinity; but in the last few years, I have been trying to understand his suicide as a “migrant” suicide (read about my 2018/19 masters research here). That is, situating his suicide as a response to being a “migrant” in his home, Britain.

As part of a Wellcome Trust funded project called Suicide Cultures which looks at people’s experiences and understandings of suicide across Scotland, I’m hoping to meet and talk to “second generation migrants” over 16, with experience of living with suicide (whether this be thoughts or attempts, or however you define your relationship with suicide).

You might well not identify as a migrant”if you were born in Britain; yet if at least one of your parents migrated to Britain from overseas, you may be considered a “second generation” migrant by some. You might alternatively identify as a first generation Brit.

I am particularly interested in speaking to people whose parent(s) migrated from places whose migration to Britain is often viewed or represented negatively in the media, for example Eastern Europe, or former commonwealth countries.

I would love to hear your stories and experiences of living as a second-generation migrant in Scotland, and your experience with suicide (thoughts or attempts).

Your stories will help form my PhD research, and I will write papers and present our findings at conferences. I will be so grateful and offer a £20 voucher (as well as tea or coffee) for your time. In addition, you will have the option to either be named or anonymous in the research. By giving you the option to be named, I hope to honour your time and experience in helping me craft this work.

Please contact me on e.l.m.yue@sms.ed.ac.uk to find out more or check if you meet the criteria (if you don’t, you may be able to get involved in the wider Suicide Cultures research)

Emily Yue, Health in Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Supervised by Amy Chandler and Sumeet Jain.

Please see ‘More information‘ page to find out more about what taking part in this research involves.

Suicide Cultures project blog

See my papers: ‘Who is the migrant in “Migrant Suicide”?’ and ‘Migrant Suicide: a case for intersectional suicide research

Suicide Cultures Seminar Series upcoming events and recordings