CHHU Public Lecture, Dushanbe: Suicide in Central Asia: Prevalence, Risk and Protective Factors

Date: 01 July 2019
July 1st 2019, 15:45
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Shahnaz Savani
Lecturer of Social Work
University of Houston-Downtown

Although most suicides occur in Asia, they are predominately studied in the West. Suicide in Central Asia is relatively understudied. The lecturer will present a 30-year review of the literature on suicide in Central Asia highlighting prevalence, risk and protective factors for suicide. 

Nearly 1.5 million people die by suicide each year globally. Suicide in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) is relatively under researched and little is known about prevalence data, risk and protective factors, and effective treatments. Islam being the predominant religion of the population of Central Asia, suicide is viewed negatively, creating issues of stigma, under reporting, and secrecy around those who need help. For culturally appropriate and effective treatments to be developed, an examination of the current state of literature is needed. This study aims to 1) examine risk and protective factors for suicide in the five Central Asian countries 2) identify prevalence data on suicides in these countries; and 3) assess treatments available for suicide prevention and intervention.

Shahnaz Savani is a Lecturer of Social Work at the University of Houston-Downtown. She is a licensed social worker and mental health practitioner with extensive experience. Savani is also a graduate of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London with graduate degrees in Muslim Societies and Cultures and Religious Education. Savani acquired her Masters in Social Work from the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston and is currently a PhD candidate. Her dissertation research focuses on mental health and suicide prevention in Badakhshan. Her areas of research focus are Confronting Islamophobia in the Unites States and Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and Intervention in Central Asia.
University of Central Asia
School of Professional and Continuing Education
47A Druzhba Narodov Avenue
Lane 3, 7/6 Negmat Karabaev Street
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Tel: +992 (37) 224 58 23 / +992 (37) 221 26 85

The lecture will be delivered in English.

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Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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