Bereaved by suicide

Shahtahmasebi, Said and Aupouri-Mclean, Caroll (2011) Bereaved by suicide. Primary Health Care: Open Access, 1 (1). ISSN 2167-1079

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Parents and family members are often treated as experimental or observational units from whom information can be gathered and inferences made about suicide survivors (family of a suicide case). Collecting data in this way limits the knowledge about suicide survivors’ needs and how they can contribute to the suicide debate for the development of a suicide policy. It is not helpful to claim mental illness as the cause of suicide when the suicide rate decreases, and then claim that suicide is a very complex health outcome caused by many factors when the suicide rate increases. In this discussion paper, we argue that a suicide prevention model that places mental illness at the centre of the suicide debate only leads to a policy of ‘more of the same’, and will have little effect on suicide prevention and care support post-suicide (for suicide survivors). Furthermore, we argue that the contribution that suicide survivors can make to understanding suicide should not be ignored.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions:Schools > School of Social Development
ID Code:2381
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