Year: 2002 Source: Social Work Now, no.23, (December 2002), p.15-22 SIEC No: 20050503

The purpose of this article is to provide some practical insight into what enables young people to make a gradual transition from a sense of crisis at the time of a suicide attempt towards an increased sense of personal responsibility & autonomy, based on the experiences of 27 young attempters in New Zealand. Follow-up interviews indicated that a number of factors, including a more positive sense of self, increased positive relationships with friends & family, counselling, & a more positive living environment, are useful in encouraging resistance to future suicidal behaviours. (7 refs)