Explorations of the impact of suicide on social and healthcare interactions and relationships; complexity in support needs. Symposium, Postvention

Karen Galway, Alexandra Pitman, Hannah Scott

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Abstract

Abstract
The knowledge base on the impact and consequences of bereavement from suicide is rapidly expanding. However, there remain limitations and gaps in the work that has been produced to date. Some of these are reflected by the ways in which these studies have measured and understood bereavement experiences. For example, although the consensus seems to suggest that suicide bereavement may be quantitatively similar to other forms of traumatic and sudden death, there are important qualitative differences that are under explored and need to be recognised. In particular, existing research tends to write about those bereaved by suicide as a collective group with only nominal consideration of the individual differences and complexity in bereavement responses and support needs. An important part of exploring that gap is to examine relationships and interactions such as; the bearing that the nature of a relationship with the deceased has on bereavement experiences and the impact of the death on the existing relationships between those who share this complex bereavement. Another aspect of individual nuances is the interactions between bereaved individuals and healthcare professionals. In this session, we draw together researchers who are contributing cutting edge qualitative insights into our understanding of suicide bereavement. Notably, two of the presentations draw upon large qualitative samples that are rarely accessed in suicide research. Speakers will address some of these notable gaps on the issue of suicide bereavement and relationships. These include; experiences of help seeking across a variety of kinships drawn from 72 interviews with next of kin (Galway et al), research that discusses the the dynamics involved in close interpersonal relationships after a suicide (Pitman et al) and research focused on the impact of a suicide on extended social networks including family, friends and other social connections (Scott et al). There is now a strong consensus on the need to address the wide-ranging impacts of death by suicide bereavement. Through presenting these findings, the panel will consider and invite discussion on how the research can contribute to existing postvention support and guide the development of future interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention “Breaking Down Walls & Building Bridges”
Subtitle of host publicationConference Programme
PublisherInternational Association for Suicide Prevention
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2019
Event30th Annual Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention: Breaking Down Walls & Building Bridges - Millennium Forum, Derry, Ireland
Duration: 17 Sep 201921 Sep 2019
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Conference

Conference30th Annual Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention
Abbreviated titleIASP Annual Congress
CountryIreland
CityDerry
Period17/09/201921/09/2019
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Keywords

  • Suicide prevention
  • Suicide bereavement

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    Galway, K., Pitman, A., & Scott, H. (2019). Explorations of the impact of suicide on social and healthcare interactions and relationships; complexity in support needs. Symposium, Postvention. In 30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention “Breaking Down Walls & Building Bridges”: Conference Programme International Association for Suicide Prevention.