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Providing meaningful care: learning from the experiences of suicidal men

Jordan, Joanne, Keeney, Sinead, McKenna, Hugh, Cutcliffe, John, Stevenson, Christime, Slater, Paul F and McGowan, Iain (2012) Providing meaningful care: learning from the experiences of suicidal men. Qualitative Health Research, 22 (9). pp. 1207-1219. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/1049732312450367

Abstract

Little is known about young suicidal men’s preferences for care. Using a broad interpretive approach, we interviewed 36 formerly suicidal young men in a study addressing the development and provision of mental health services. Our analysis yielded three core categories: widening access and bolstering proactive outreach, on becoming a man, and equipping young men for future challenges. Collectively, these categories suggest key features and processes of appropriate service configuration and clinical care: (a) services that reach out proactively serve to encourage young men’s initial and ongoing engagement; (b) care delivered over the long term ensures a necessary focus on a meaningful future life; (c) mental health professionals (MHPs) are centrally involved alongside significant others, including those with personal experience of suicide; and (d) the development of a vital interpersonal connection is based on MHPs actively communicating their empathy, open-mindedness, and interest in a young man’s unique biography.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:suicide, suicide prevention, young men
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Person-centred Practice Research Centre
ID Code:23519
Deposited By: Dr Sinead Keeney
Deposited On:15 Oct 2012 14:15
Last Modified:04 Aug 2017 13:04

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