Year: 2021 Source: Death Studies. (2021). Published online 27 August 2021. DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2021.1970049 SIEC No: 20210669

Experiencing a death by suicide is a devastating event in the lives of adolescents; however, little is known about what makes help helpful according to their experiences. Thematic analysis of individual and group interview data (N = 18) yielded four themes: feeling connected with, and understood by a helper, having a sense of control over, and access to the help as needed. Findings indicate that help should be based on supportive and educational approaches with respect to the adolescents’ agency and the family context. Help must be accessible on a long-term basis while catering for flexible usage.