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Non-Qualified Staff's Experience of Suicidal Behaviour in Adult Mental Health Inpatient Services

Shinton, Rebecca and LEDWITH, Susan (2023) Non-Qualified Staff's Experience of Suicidal Behaviour in Adult Mental Health Inpatient Services. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying. ISSN 1541-3764

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Suicide and attempted suicide of people receiving care in Adult Mental Health Inpatient Services (AMHIS) leads to significant emotions amongst mental health professionals, characterised by guilt and shame. A sense of responsibility occurs due to hospital being seen as a safe place. However, little is known about what it is like for ‘non-qualified’ staff. This study explored experiences of suicide and attempted suicide on ‘non-qualified’ staff in AMHIS. Semi-structured interviews explored ten staff’s experiences. Participants were recruited online and transcripts were analysed using Reflexive Thematic Analysis. Four themes were identified; ‘Direct personal impact’, ‘Unrealistic expectations’, ‘Attempting to contain the impact’ and ‘Acclimatisation’. Ten sub-themes outlined; responsibility for assessing risk, shame and protective strategies to aid acceptance. The results provide insight into the unique experience of non-qualified staff in AMHIS experiencing suicidal behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by SAGE Publicationns in OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying on 3 November 2023 available at:"
Uncontrolled Keywords: suicide; suicidal behaviour; staff wellbeing; professional grief; grief
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Yvonne MELIA
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2024 14:51
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2024 14:51

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