The unmet support needs of family members caring for a suicidal person

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Background: The prevention of suicide is a key aim for health care authorities and society in general and family members have a principal role in caring for suicidal people. However, the support needs of these essential family carers are relatively unknown.Aim: To explore the support needs of family members of suicidal people.Method: Eighteen participants were interviewed using a short topic guide. Transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis and confirmed by discussion.Findings: Family members of suicidal people have unmet needs (this was the main theme). Four sub-themes emerged: having practical support, respite and advice; feeling acknowledged and included; having someone to turn-to; and consistency of support.Conclusions: Family members are perceived to have an important role in suicide prevention; however some carers experience a lack of support which impinges on their ability to undertake this role. Family members need be included in care and require support from healthcare staff.
LanguageEnglish
JournalJournal of Mental Health
Volume25
Early online date11 Dec 2015
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Dec 2015

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Keywords

  • Carer support needs
  • family support needs
  • mental health
  • suicidal behaviour
  • suicide

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note = "Reference text: Byrne S, Morgan S, Fitzpatrick C, et al. (2008). Deliberate self-harm in children and adolescents: A qualitative study exploring the needs of parents and carers. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry, 13, 493–504. Buus N, Caspersen J, Hansen R, et al. (2014). Experiences of parents whose sons or daughters have (had) an attempted suicide. J Adv Nurs, 70, 823–32. Daly P. (2005). Mothers living with suicidal adolescents: A phenomenological study of their experiences. J Psychosoc Nurs, 33, 22–8. McLaughlin C, McGowan I, O’Neill S, Kernohan G. (2014). The burden of living with and caring for a suicidal family member. J Mental Health, 23, 236–40. Maris R, Berman A, Silverman M. (2000). Comprehensive textbook of suicidology. New York: The Guilford Press. Newall R, Burnard P. (2006). Vital notes for nurses: Research for evidence-based practice. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Owens D, Horrocks J, House A. (2002). Fatal and non-fatal repetition of self-harm. Br J Psychiatry, 181, 193–9. Prabhu S, Molinari V, Bowers T, Lomax J. (2010). Role of the family in suicide prevention: An attachment and family systems perspective. Bull Menninger Clin, 74, 301–27. Royal College of Psychiatrists. (2006). A message to Psychiatrists from Carers. http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/A{\%}20MESSAGE{\%}20TO{\%}20 PSYCHIATRISTS{\%}20FROM{\%}20CARERS.pdf [last accessed 16 Feb 2015]. Royal College of Psychiatrists. (2010). Carers and confidentiality in mental health. Issues Involved in Information-Sharing. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists. http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/about/campaigns/ partnersincarecampaign/carersandconfidentiality.aspx [last accessed 16 Feb 2015]. Tidemalm D, Langstrom N, Lichtenstein P, Runeson B. (2008). Risk of suicide after suicide attempt according to coexisting psychiatric disorder: Swedish cohort study with long term follow-up. BMJ, 337, a2205. doi:10.1136/bmj.a2205. World Health Organization. (2014). Preventing suicide: A global imperative. Geneva: WHO.",
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