The journey of engaging with web-based self-harm and suicide content: Longitudinal qualitative study

Background: Self-harm and suicide are major public health concerns worldwide, with attention focused on the web environment as a helpful or harmful influence. Longitudinal research on self-harm and suicide–related internet use is limited, highlighting a paucity of evidence on long-term patterns and effects of engaging with such content. Objective: This study explores the experiences of […]

The journey of engaging with web-based self-harm and suicide content: Longitudinal qualitative study

Background: Self-harm and suicide are major public health concerns worldwide, with attention focused on the web environment as a helpful or harmful influence. Longitudinal research on self-harm and suicide–related internet use is limited, highlighting a paucity of evidence on long-term patterns and effects of engaging with such content. Objective: This study explores the experiences of […]

Farmers’ perceptions about the risk of suicide and the available help schemes: A qualitative study in France

Introduction:  Farming communities are marked by high suicide rates, and this is characterised by multiple factors (working environment, use of lethal means, low use of health care). In France, help schemes have been implemented. The aim of this study was to analyse the perceptions of farmers in Brittany, France about suicide and the help offered to […]

‘Am I really the priority here?’: Help-seeking experiences of university students who self-harmed

Background Self-harm is a significant problem in university students because of its association with emotional distress, physical harm, broader mental health issues and potential suicidality. Research suggests that fewer than half of students who have self-harmed seek professional help when at university. Aims This study aimed to explore the help-seeking journeys of university students who […]

Perspectives of suicide loss survivors: Qualitative analysis of data from a psychological autopsy study of U.S. Army soldiers

Introduction Suicide loss survivors can provide information not otherwise available about the circumstances preceding a suicide. In this study, we analyzed interview data from suicide loss survivors collected as part of a psychological autopsy study of U.S. Army soldiers. Methods Next-of-kin (NOK) (n = 61) and Army supervisors (SUP) (n = 107) of suicide decedents (n = 135) who had died […]

Understanding opioid use within a Southwestern American Indian Reservation Community: A qualitative study

Purpose Morbidity and mortality due to nonprescription use of opioids has been well documented following the significant increase in the availability of prescription opioids in the early 2000s. The aim of this paper is to explore community beliefs about correlates of opioid risk, protective factors, and behavioral functions of opioid misuse among American Indian youth […]

The forever decision: A qualitative study among survivors of a suicide attempt

Background Suicide attempts have a profound emotional impact on both individuals and society as a whole. This qualitative study delves into three key aspects: 1) the progression through the suicidal process, 2) the influential factors facilitating the transition from ideation to attempt using the volitional moderators within the integrated motivational-volitional (IMV) model, and 3) preventive […]

Digital therapeutics in the hospital for suicide crisis: Content and design recommendations from young people and hospital staff

Objective Hospital emergency departments lack the resources to adequately support young people who present for suicidal crisis. Digital therapeutics could fill this service gap by providing psychological support without creating additional burden on hospital staff. However, existing research on what is needed for successful integration of digital therapeutics in hospital settings is scant. Thus, this […]

Experiences of general practice care for self-harm: A qualitative study of young people’s perspectives

Background: Self-harm is a growing concern and rates of self-harm in young people (aged 12-25 years) presenting to general practice are rising. There is, however, little evidence about young people’s experiences of GP care and on accessing general practice. Aim: To explore the help-seeking behaviours, experiences of GP care, and access to general practice of young people […]

A qualitative study on the psychological experience of emergency department medical staff caring for patients with suicide attempts in northeastern Sichuan

The purpose of this study was to explore the psychological experiences of emergency department staff in northeastern Sichuan when treating patients with suicide attempts and to provide a theoretical basis for developing appropriate clinical interventions and improving mental health services for suicidal patients. Sixteen emergency department staff members who met recruitment requirements at two hospitals […]

Stakeholder perceptions of lethal means safety counseling: A qualitative systematic review

Introduction: Lethal means safety counseling (LMSC) is an evidence-based suicide prevention intervention during which providers encourage patients to limit their access to lethal means (e.g., firearms, medications). Despite agreement about the importance of LMSC, it is underutilized in clinical practice. Methods: To better understand the individual and contextual factors that influence LMSC and its implementation, we conducted […]

Needs for mobile and internet-based psychological intervention in patients with self-injury and suicide-related behaviors: A qualitative systematic review

Background In recent years, mobile psychological interventions have proven effective in reducing self-injury and suicide-related behaviors. Therefore, it is essential to continually enhance the user experience and address patients’ needs to facilitate the development of mobile mental health interventions. Identifying patients with mobile mental health needs can be challenging for mental health professionals. To address […]

Impacts of exposure to suicide of a military colleague from the lived experience of veterans: Informing postvention responses from a military cultural perspective

Although exposure to the suicide death of a military colleague has been shown quantitatively to increase suicide risk factors among veterans, there are very few studies where veterans have been asked about this experience. This article presents a qualitative analysis of 38 interviews with U.S. veterans with exposure to the suicide death of a military […]

“Male suicide and barriers to accessing professional support: A qualitative thematic analysis”

Male suicide rates represent a public health crisis. In almost every country, more men die by suicide than women and suicide is a leading cause of death for men in the United States and the United Kingdom. Evidence suggests that men are less likely than women to access professional support for suicidal distress. Ensuring more […]

Suicide research with refugee communities: The case for a qualitative, sociocultural, and creative approach

People from refugee backgrounds experience distinctively complex situations pre- and post-resettlement and are at heightened risks of suicide. The bulk of research on refugee suicide and suicidal ideation is based on diagnostic perspectives, biomedical approaches, and quantitative measures. To explore lived experience of suicide among refugee communities in more depth, this review highlights the need […]

Bridging the gap: A qualitative study of providers’ perceptions of a partnered crisis follow‑up program for suicidal patients post‑emergency department discharge

Background Effective interventions are needed to address suicide risk following discharge from the hospital emergency department or inpatient setting. Studies that examine follow-up contact methods show promise, but little is known about how follow-up programs are implemented in the real world and who is benefitting. The purpose of this formative evaluation and analysis was to […]

Understanding people’s experiences of the formal health and social care system for co-occurring heavy alcohol use and depression through the lens of relational autonomy: A qualitative study

Background and aims: Heavy alcohol use and depression commonly co-occur. However, health and social care services rarely provide coordinated support for these conditions. Using relational autonomy, which recognizes how social and economic contexts and relational support alter people’s capacity for agency, this study aimed to (1) explore how people experience formal care provision for co-occurring alcohol […]

Perceived determinants of disclosing suicide loss: A qualitative study among women

Background: People who lost a loved one to suicide (i.e., suicide loss survivors, SLS) often struggle to talk about their experiences. However, previous studies suggest beneficial effects of disclosure among this group. Aims: This study aimed to identify determinants of disclosing suicide loss. Method: We conducted qualitative interviews with 22 female SLS focusing on determinants of disclosing suicide loss. Interviews […]

Social reactions after disclosing suicide loss among women: A qualitative study

Background: Suicide loss is often concealed. While initial evidence suggests that disclosure is important for healthy grieving, observed beneficial effects may depend on social reactions. Aim: The current study aimed to identify social reactions and associated consequences experienced by persons who lost a loved one to suicide (i.e., suicide loss survivors). Method: We conducted qualitative interviews with 22 female adult […]

How is participating in suicide prevention activities experienced by those with lived and living experiences of suicide in Australia? A qualitative study

People with a lived experience of suicide are commonly included within suicide prevention research. This includes participation in conferences, policy development, research and other activities. Yet little is known about the impact on the person in the long term of regularly sharing one’s experience to different audiences and, in some cases, to a schedule not […]

Medical assistance in dying for mental illness as a sole underlying medical condition and its relationship to suicide: A qualitative lived experience-engaged study

Objective: This lived experience-engaged study aims to understand patient and family perspectives on the relationship between suicidality and medical assistance in dying when the sole underlying medical condition is mental illness (MAiD MI-SUMC). Method: Thirty individuals with mental illness (age M =41.8 years, SD=14.2) and 25 family members (age M =47.5 years, SD=16.0 ) participated […]

The social life of self-harm in general practice

Research engaging qualitatively with clinical practitioners’ understanding of, and response to, self-harm has been limited. Self-harm offers a particularly compelling case through which to examine the enduring challenges faced by practitioners in treating patients whose presenting symptoms are not clearly biomedical in nature. In this paper, we present an analysis of 30 General Practitioners’ (GPs’) […]

Understanding the factors contributing to farmer suicide: A meta-synthesis of qualitative research

Introduction: Farming is associated with a range of ongoing occupational stressors that place farmers at an elevated risk for suicide. The increase of farmer suicide in recent years represents an important public health concern and requires an understanding of the circumstances and risk factors that contributed to a farmer’s decision to die by suicide, as well […]