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Priorities for the development and evaluation of support after suicide bereavement in the UK: results of a discussion group

Pitman, A; Khrisna Putri, A; Kennedy, N; De Souza, T; King, M; Osborn, D; (2016) Priorities for the development and evaluation of support after suicide bereavement in the UK: results of a discussion group. Bereavement Care , 35 (3) pp. 109-116. 10.1080/02682621.2016.1254457. Green open access

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Abstract

We present the results of a group discussion conducted to identify research priorities among people bereaved by suicide regarding support needs. The authors’ research team had recently published evidence from a UK-wide sample of young bereaved adults showing that those bereaved by suicide had a greater probability of suicide attempt than those bereaved by other causes of sudden death. For this study, ten UK-based adults bereaved by the suicide of a partner or family member were invited to join a group discussion to identify and prioritise an intervention to evaluate. These priorities were discussed in the context of unmet needs for support, identifying a need to develop and evaluate: immediate outreach after suicide; diversification and development of peer support services; and individual psychological support for those who feel suicidal. The group also suggested five key outcome measures: isolation; stigma; psychological health; day-to-day social functioning; and functioning in a work or caregiver role. The views presented in this discussion are a valuable contribution to the design of research that will inform national public health policy and the suicide prevention strategy for England.

Type: Article
Title: Priorities for the development and evaluation of support after suicide bereavement in the UK: results of a discussion group
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02682621.2016.1254457
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/02682621.2016.1254457
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Cruse Bereavement Care. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Bereavement Care on 16 December 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02682621.2016.1254457
Keywords: Suicide, support services, peer support, postvention, suicide prevention, outcome measures
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536744
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