Palawan Suicide Project

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Project Information

The Palawan Suicide Project is part of the McGill Global Health Programs.


A subgroup of the Indigenous and relatively isolated Palawan people, living on the island of Palawan in the Philippines, shows a very high rate of suicide, more than 10 times that of Canada. The rest of the population shows a very low rate of suicide. The aim of the project will be to understand the factors underlying this localized excess mortality in this unique population.

Findings from this project will be transferred to the concerned population to improve prevention in this isolated place where health care is minimal. It will also improve our understanding of suicide in general, a very human behavior crossing borders and cultures.

The project has been approved by the Palawan provincial Health Office, the Douglas Institute Research Ethic Board, and the National Commission on Indigenous People.

Project Date: 2010-03-01 – 2022-09-12


View the first publication here:

McGill University Project Leader: Fabrice Jollant

Non-McGill Partners

Charles Macdonald
Country: France
University/Organization: CNRS
Role: Principal Investigator
Other Role: Ethnologist, expert in Palawan culture, translation, assessment

Ramon Docto
Country: Philippines
University/Organization: Palawan State University
Role: Co-Investigator
Other Role: Expert in Palawan environment, local coordinator

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