Journal article

Experience of Health Care Services After a Suicide Attempt: Results from an Online Survey

Fiona L Shand, Philip J Batterham, Jade KY Chan, Jane Pirkis, Matthew J Spittal, Alan Woodward, Helen Christensen

SUICIDE AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIOR | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Failure to provide follow-up care after a suicide attempt is associated with increased risk of reattempt. This online survey examined the experiences of patients of the Australian health system after a suicide attempt. Just over half of the participants had a psychiatric assessment within 1 week of their attempt. Fewer than half believed they had been offered enough help. Low service satisfaction was associated with lower help-seeking intentions. Support for individuals who have made a suicide attempt needs to be enhanced, and an integrated approach to care is required, including improved referral pathways and staff attitudinal change.