UCL Institute of Mental Health


Investigating risk of suicide in patients with cancer globally

Researchers in the UCL Institute of Mental Health have been funded by the UCL Global Engagement Fund to establish an international research network to investigate risk of suicide in LMICs

This is to balance the preponderance of studies investigating this issue that analyse data from high income countries, as seen in this systematic review – Heinrich et al 2022 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-022-01745-y. The studies in this review analysed data from Europe, Australia, the US, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Consequently, we know little about the points in the cancer journey at which suicide risk is elevated in people with cancer in other regions. We know from 2019 data that 77% of global suicides occurred in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) and that the global suicide rate is approximately 11 per 100,000 population. We need to do more research to understand modifiable risk factors for suicide in LMIC settings, as a foundation for intervention development.

Upcoming event

For our first event, we would like to invite you or your collaborators to a free webinar co-hosted in London (at UCL by Dr Alexandra Pitman) and India (at The GRID Council by Dr Neethu Mohan). Discussions will focus on quantitative investigations of the risk of suicide in patients with cancer through linkage of routine cancer registry data to mortality data.

The webinar will be held on: Wednesday 22 May 2024, 2-4pm UK time zone (UTC+1) / 6.30-8.30pm India time zone (UTC + 5.5)

 Do sign up to attend if you are:

  • interested in investigating suicide risk in patients with cancer
  • a cancer/mental health/public health researcher (whether clinical or non-clinical, with experience in epidemiology and/or statistics)
  • working in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal or Bhutan (or working on data from those countries)
  • interested in networking with others working on the analysis of linked cancer registry data to mortality data.

 The webinar is supported by the UCL Global Engagement Fund and is organised by the UCL Institute of Mental Health in collaboration with the MVR Cancer Centre, Kerala.

The event will feature:

  • Presentations and discussions will focus on how to analyse cancer registry data linked to suicide mortality data.
  • Presenters will share analysis plans and code for running the analyses and other useful resources.
  • Participants will have the option of joining a network of researchers working on this topic in order to share ideas and generate collaborations.
  • Participants will receive a certificate of participation, analysis plans and code (Stata, R, Python) for running the analyses in local cancer registry databases linked to local mortality data.

Register to attend

If you would like further information please contact: Dr Neethu Mohan, MVR Cancer Centre, Kerala, India: globalengagement2024@gmail.com