Little is known about young suicidal men’s preferences for care. Using a broad interpretive approach, we interviewed 36 formerly suicidal young men in a study addressing the development and provision of mental health services. Our analysis yielded three core categories: widening access and bolstering proactive outreach, on becoming a man, and equipping young men for future challenges. Collectively, these categories suggest key features and processes of appropriate service configuration and clinical care: (a) services that reach out proactively serve to encourage young men’s initial and ongoing engagement; (b) care delivered over the long term ensures a necessary focus on a meaningful future life; (c) mental health professionals (MHPs) are centrally involved alongside significant others, including those with personal experience of suicide; and (d) the development of a vital interpersonal connection is based on MHPs actively communicating their empathy, open-mindedness, and interest in a young man’s unique biography.
- suicide prevention
- young men
Jordan, J., Keeney, S., McKenna, H., Cutcliffe, J., Stevenson, C., Slater, P. F., & McGowan, I. (2012). Providing meaningful care: learning from the experiences of suicidal men. Qualitative Health Research, 22(9), 1207-1219. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732312450367