Year: 1997 Source: Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, (19th: 1997: Adelaide), p.348-349 SIEC No: 19980131

In 1995, the author did 16 interviews with suicide attempters, age 20-64. Each person was interviewed twice, the day after the attempt & 2 weeks later. The intention of the study was to understand experiences after the attempt. Analysis of the interview data revealed 5 central concepts: emptiness, shame, loneliness, envy & hopelessness. An abstraction of these leads to powerlessness. Vevatne believes it is important to know that powerlessness can be a deep feeling in the mind of the suicidal.