Maytree. A respite center for the suicidal

Briggs, Stephen, Webb, Liz, Buhagiar, Jonathan and Braun, Gaby (2007) Maytree. A respite center for the suicidal. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 28 (3). pp. 140-147. ISSN 0227-5910

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This paper evaluates the contribution to suicide prevention made by an innovative project, Maytree, a respite center for the suicidal. Maytree offers a distinctive brief period of sanctuary for four nights for suicidal people; within this limited time it aims to provide opportunities through talking, reflecting, and relaxing for reducing the intense feelings that lead to suicidal behavior. The focus of this paper is on evaluating the first 3 years of Maytree's operation, exploring how Maytree works, and its effects on the people who stay there as “guests.” This shows that Maytree reaches people who are at significant risk of suicide. Guests report both short term relief and longer term benefits. These changes are understood, through applying crisis intervention theory, as being generated by the opportunities for change in the Maytree approach. Thus, there is the potential for a benign cycle to be established. Maytree's model is different from that of mainstream, statutory services; we conclude that Maytree complements these services and also challenges the values and frameworks of statutory provision in the field of suicide prevention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Respite, Suicide prevention, Crisis intervention, Evaluation, Stigma
Subjects: Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Suicide
Department/People: Tavistock Consultancy Service

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