"Things I did not know”: Retrospectives on a Canadian rural male youth suicide using an instrumental photo voice case study

Genevieve M. Creighton, John L. Oliffe, Maria Lohan, John S. Ogrodniczuk, Emma Palm

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Abstract

In Canada, it is young rural based men who are at the greatest risk for suicide. While there is no consensus on the reasons for this, evidence points to contextual social factors including isolation, lack of confidential services and pressure to uphold restrictive norms of rural masculinity. In this article we share findings drawn from an instrumental photo voice case study to distil factors contributing to the suicide of a young Canadian rural based man. Integrating photo voice methods and in-depth qualitative we conducted interviews with 7 family members and close friends of the deceased. The interviews and image data were analyzed using constant comparative methods to discern themes related to participants’ reflections on and perceptions about rural male suicide. Three inductively derived themes, “Missing the signs”, “Living up to his public image” and “Down in Rural Canada ” reflect the challenges that survivors and young rural men can experience in attempting to be comply with restrictive dominant ideals of masculinity. We conclude that community based suicide prevention efforts would benefit from gender-sensitive and place specific approaches to advancing men’s mental health by making tangibly available and affirming an array of masculinities to foster the well-being of young rural based men.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalHealth
Early online date09 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 May 2016

Keywords

  • suicide
  • gender relations
  • men's depression
  • rural health
  • photovoice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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