Year: 2003 Source: British Journal of Nursing, v.12, no.2, (2003), p.92-99 SIEC No: 20031266

Drawing predominantly on policy & empirical literature emanating from Canada & the United Kingdom, this article shows that, despite a substantial research effort & the production of an associated literature, suicide rates continue to rise in the example countries. The author argues that there is an urgent need to better understand the particular life experiences & the meanings that individuals attach to suicidal experiences, & argues for the use of hermeneutic, phenomenological investigations in order to do so. (69 refs)