Narratives and story telling in coping with grief and bereavement

My daughter was a normal, healthy young lady, looking forward to becoming a teenager. Then, a strange sensation appeared in the muscle of her upper arm and everything changed! She waged the toughest battle of her life, but died of cancer in the middle of her thirteenth year. How does a mother cope with so […]

A critical, relational approach for working with suicide in family therapy

Suicidality is a major global public health issue that couple and family therapists will inevitably encounter in their clinical work. While relational therapies for addressing suicidality are growing, few specifically outline ways to address the influence of systemic oppression on suicidality, reflecting the push to de-politicise suicide research. To address this issue, scholars have proposed […]

Re-thinking ethics and politics in suicide prevention: Bringing narrative ideas into dialogue with critical suicide studies

The purpose of this paper is to explore the conviviality between practices of narrative therapy and the emerging field of critical suicide studies. Bringing together ideas from narrative therapy and critical suicide studies allows us to analyze current suicide prevention practices from a new vantage point and offers us the chance to consider how narrative […]

Narrative means to therapeutic ends

White and Epston base their therapy on the assumption that people experience problems when the stories of their lives, as they or others have invented them, do not sufficiently represent their lived experience. Therapy then becomes a process of storying or restorying the lives and experiences of these people. In this way narrative comes to […]

Stories worth telling: Moral experiences of suicidal behavior

Moral constructions of suicide are deliberately avoided in contemporary suicidology, yet morality persists, little or imperfectly acknowledged, in its practices and in the policies, discourses, and instruments that it underpins. This study used narrative methodologies to examine the normative force of suicidology and its implications for persons who had engaged in an act of nonfatal […]

Understanding and responding to recurrent suicide attempts.

People who have had recurrent suicide attempts (RSA) are known to be at higher risk of future attempts and eventual death by suicide. They are also identified as having unique psychosocial needs, however few treatment interventions have been developed for this particular population. The Skills for Safer Living: A Psychosocial-Psychoeducational Intervention for People with Recurrent […]

Treatment narratives of suicidal Latina teens.

In this article, we examine the treatment narratives of Latina adolescent suicide attempters to understand their experiences undergoing care. For this study, we conducted content and thematic analysis of 68 interviews with Latina adolescent suicide attempters. Most teens who described positive experiences undergoing treatment (nā€‰=ā€‰39, 44.1%) did so when discussing outpatient mental health services (nā€‰=ā€‰30, […]

Reframing narratives of aboriginal health inequity: Exploring Cree elder resilience and well-being in contexts of historical trauma.

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Talking about the ‘suicidal thoughts’: Towards an alternative framework.

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The effectiveness of narrative therapy on anxiety and co morbidity disorders of pre-school children.

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