Title

Key issues, challenges, and preferred supports for those bereaved by suicide: Insights from postvention experts

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Death Studies

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

52082

Funders

Innovation Grant from Suicide Prevention Research Fund (SPRF) / University of New England Faculty of Medicine and Health Seed Grant

Comments

McGill, K., Bhullar, N., Batterham, P. J., Carrandi, A., Wayland, S., & Maple, M. (2022). Key issues, challenges, and preferred supports for those bereaved by suicide: Insights from postvention experts. Death studies. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2022.2112318

Abstract

For many, suicide bereavement is challenging. Postvention responses are few and evidence to inform them is lacking. Eighteen postvention experts completed an online survey regarding the key issues, challenges, and supports available to people bereaved by suicide. Participants were asked to identify the issues, then rank them in terms of importance at key times during the first 2 years after death, with navigating grief, managing relationships, and dealing with practical challenges identified. Access to information, practical assistance and non-judgmental support were most important early in the bereavement period. These findings provide a foundation for recommendations for postvention interventions.

DOI

10.1080/07481187.2022.2112318

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