Understanding ambivalence in help-seeking for suicidal people with comorbid depression and alcohol misuse

Milena Heinsch, Dara Sampson, Valerie Huens, Tonelle Handley, Tanya Hanstock, Keith Harris, Frances Kay-Lambkin

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Abstract

Help-seeking prior to a suicide attempt is poorly understood. Participants were recruited from a previous research trial who reported a history of suicidal behaviours upon follow-up. Qualitative interviews were conducted with six adults to understand their lived experience of a suicide attempt and the issues affecting help-seeking prior to that attempt. Participants described being aware of personal and professional supports available; however, were ambivalent about accessing them for multiple reasons. This paper employs an ecological systems framework to better understand the complex and multi-layered interpersonal, societal and cultural challenges to help-seeking that people with suicidal ideation can experience.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0231647
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalPLoS One
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2020

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