Suicide and Self-harm: New Research Directions

Call for papers for: Journal of Public Mental Health

Guest editors:

Sarah Waters [email protected]

Julian Ashton [email protected]


Key dates:

Submission of 350 word abstracts: 30 July 2021

Deadline for full submissions: 21 September 2021

Publication date: Issue 1, 2022


Aims of the special issue:

The purpose of the special issue is to present emerging directions in research on suicide and self-harm, bringing together diverse disciplinary and methodological perspectives and addressing current public health challenges nationally and internationally. Suicides rates are rising in some countries and there is a growing mental health crisis in the context of COVID-19. Researchers and practitioners are increasingly aware of the need to address the social and structural dimensions of suicide and self-harm by crossing the disciplinary fields in which suicide and self-harm are conventionally studied.

The special issue will extend beyond the traditional disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology and public health, to include contributions from sociologists, political scientists and cultural analysts. A key aim is to present articles from researchers and practitioners that draw on innovative methods (including online ethnography, narrative theory, sociological autopsy, digital resources) and/or address emerging global challenges (the impact of COVID-19, rising suicide rates within some national contexts, social media). The special issue also aims to have a transnational focus bringing together contributors from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia.


Themes may include, but are not limited to:

Suicide and digital media

COVID-19 effects on suicide and self-harm

Suicide locations

Suicide in indigenous communities

Online forums childhood mental health

Work-related suicides

Suicide prevention

Young people

Self-harm & stigma

Support for the bereaved


Submission details:

The word limit for research papers is 5,000 words. For public health case studies and policy analysis, the word limit is 3,000 words. Please submit an abstract to either of the guest editors by 30 July 2021. The abstract should contain details of the conceptual and methodological frameworks adopted/to be adopted for the study. The deadline for full papers is 21 September 2021. Authors should follow all formatting guidelines for regular manuscript submissions (see the instructions for authors). All papers will be submitted online to ScholarOne Manuscripts Upon submission, authors will designate that the paper should be considered for the Special Issue – “Suicide and Self-harm.” More information about the journal can be found at