Living with suicidal thoughts

Dodemaide, Paul and Crisp, Beth 2013, Living with suicidal thoughts, Health sociology review, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 308-317.

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Title Living with suicidal thoughts
Author(s) Dodemaide, Paul
Crisp, Beth
Journal name Health sociology review
Volume number 22
Issue number 3
Start page 308
End page 317
Total pages 10
Publisher eContent Management
Place of publication Maleny, Qld.
Publication date 2013-09
ISSN 1446-1242
1839-3551
Keyword(s) suicide
suicidal ideation
suicidal thoughts
suicide attempts
lived experience
unobtrusive research
Australia
Summary The dominant understandings of suicide have privileged the professional observations of health professionals and sociologists over the lived experiences of persons who have reported feeling suicidal. The current study explores what it is like to feel suicidal by examining comments posted voluntarily in an online forum. Adopting an inductive thematic analysis, a number of themes were uncovered which shed light on the following questions: Who has suicidal thoughts? What triggers suicidal thoughts? What is it like to feel suicidal? Also drawn from the data, was information relating to the types of treatments that people received, as well as ongoing survival strategies that people have relied on. The fi ndings indicated people with suicidal thoughts form a heterogeneous group with mixed opinions about the causes of suicidal thoughts. The findings also highlighted a variety of experiences, descriptions and means for survival highlighting the depth of insight that those with fi rst-hand experience have about suicidal thoughts, highlighting also the deep gap in knowledge and understanding in the existing literature about suicide and suicidal ideation. The recommendations for future direction in practice and research include, listening to, and valuing more, the voices and perspectives of suicidal people themselves.
Language eng
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, eContent Management
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060376

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Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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