Journal article

How to Save a Life: Vital Clues From Men Who Have Attempted Suicide

John L Oliffe, Olivier Ferlatte, John S Ogrodniczuk, Zac E Seidler, David Kealy, Simon M Rice

Qualitative Health Research | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2021


Male suicide rates are high and rising, and important insights can be gleaned from understanding the experiences of men who have attempted suicide. Drawing from a grounded theory photovoice study of diverse Canadian men, three intertwined thematic processes were derived: (a) preceding death struggles, (b) life-ending attempts and saving graces, and (c) managing to stay alive post suicide attempt. Preceding death struggles were characterized by cumulative injuries, intensifying internalized pain, isolation, and participant's efforts for belongingness in diminishing their distress. Men's life-ending attempts included overdosing and jumping from bridges; independent of method, men's saving grac..

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Awarded by Movember Canada

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research and article were made possible by Movember Canada (Grant #11R18455). John Oliffe is supported by a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Men's Health Promotion.