Journal article

What responses do people at risk of suicide find most helpful and unhelpful from professionals and non-professionals?

Angela Nicholas, Jane Pirkis, Nicola Reavley

JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: People at risk of suicide frequently communicate suicidal thoughts to professionals and non-professionals. These groups, therefore, need to be aware of how best to respond. AIMS: We aimed to identify helpful and unhelpful responses to communications of suicide risk from the perspective of those at risk to inform suicide prevention messaging and education. METHOD: We conducted an online survey (n = 141) of members of an online reference group for an Australian mental health organisation with a history of suicide risk. RESULTS: Most respondents had repeatedly considered and attempted suicide. Indirect suicide communications were more common than direct communications. Listening wit..

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