Advocacy and luck: Australian healthcare experiences following a suicide attempt

McKay, Kathy and Shand, Fiona (2018) Advocacy and luck: Australian healthcare experiences following a suicide attempt. Death Studies, 42 (6). pp. 392-399. ISSN 1091-7683

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High quality mental health care after a suicide attempt is a key strategy for preventing subsequent suicide attempts and deaths, yet little is known about how people navigate the healthcare system following a suicide attempt. This paper focuses on the stories told by 20 people who had attempted suicide. Five themes emerged: fitting into the healthcare system; need for advocacy; consistent care; lucky to find help; and, small kindnesses. Positive and empathetic healthcare experiences, as well as connected services, assisted the recovery of people who have attempted suicide.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author version posted online: 27 Jul 2017, Published online: 15 Sep 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Healthcare, Lived Experience, Post-Discharge, Stigma, Suicide Attempt, Patient Advocacy, Attitude to Health, Australia, Empathy, Research & Development Unit
Subjects: Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Suicide
Health and Medical Sciences > Patient Care
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
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