This is a case study of ethnographic research into the suicide among young men in the transnational Alevi community in London. The research aimed to understand the high incidence of suicide and why it emerged as a phenomenon for the second-generation Alevi community but not the first. The main focus is on the issues that arose in planning and conducting the research and how these were resolved. A key concern was to find a manageable research question and to find appropriate theoretical concepts to give the research a clear direction. How the choice of theoretical perspective informed the choice of method, along with the problems of researching such a sensitive topic including accessing people to interview and managing the ethical dilemmas, and how the researcher's insider status affected the research are covered.