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Title: 'People look down on you when you tell them how he died': Qualitative insights into stigma as experienced by suicide survivors
Contributor(s): Peters, Kath (author); Cunningham, Colleen (author); Murphy, Gillian (author); Jackson, Debra  (author)
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1111/inm.12210
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Abstract: This paper aims to present findings that convey how people felt stigmatized after the loss of a loved one to suicide. A qualitative design was used for the purpose of this study. Data were collected using in-depth, face-to-face interviews. Audio-recordings of the interviews were transcribed and thematically analyzed. Ten people bereaved by suicide participated in the study. Four themes emerged from the data namely: Feeling blamed, shamed and judged; Feeling isolated/rejected by friends and community; Feeling silenced and Feeling the burden of others' discomfort. Findings show that stigmatization of the bereaved by suicide had detrimental effects on their relationships and their help seeking behaviours. Further, due to stigma imposed on them by others, participants were denied the opportunity to tell their stories which further complicated their grieving process. Further education and training is required for health professionals to enhance understanding of the specific needs of those bereaved by suicide.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25(3), p. 251-257
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1445-8330
Field of Research (FOR): 111005 Mental Health Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
920209 Mental Health Services
920210 Nursing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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