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Title: Providing support following exposure to suicide: A mixed methods study
Contributor(s): Maple, Myfanwy  (author)orcid ; McKay, Kathy (author); Hess, Nicole C L  (author); Wayland, Sarah  (author)orcid ; Pearce, Tania  (author)
Publication Date: 2019-07
Early Online Version: 2019-01-24
DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12713
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Abstract: Exposure to suicide and the associated impacts for those left behind can be long lasting and traumatic. Literature has predominantly examined the experience of suicide and impact from the perspective of those closest to the deceased—with studies primarily focused on kin relationships. Appropriate and timely support delivered by skilled professionals, through the provision of postvention support, has been suggested as a way to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with exposure to suicide. The evidence regarding what support, for whom, and the timing of support is scarce. As an extension of this scarcity, there is minimal research examining the ways in which provision of this postvention (that is, support following exposure to suicide) support impacts workers. This paper explores service use data gathered to evaluate a nation‐wide Australian suicide postvention service, in conjunction with qualitative data from those providing postvention support to those exposed to suicide to understand who accesses support and the impact of providing such support on service providers. Postvention workers provide insight into the demands of responding to suicide, the pressure of being on call, and the ways in which they are able to maintain their well‐being through external supervision.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Health and Social Care in the Community, 27(4), p. 965-972
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1365-2524
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
111714 Mental Health
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920209 Mental Health Services
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200305 Mental health services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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