Transcending Suicidality

Facilitating re-vitalizing worthiness

Authored by: Evelyn Gordon , Chris Stevenson , John R. Cutcliffe

Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415530125
eBook ISBN: 9780203795583
Adobe ISBN: 9781134459292


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In recent years there has been a notable increase in suicide rates in many countries, including Ireland, where this trend has been particularly evident among young men (NOSP, 2005), giving rise to concern about how best to understand and respond to this group. Ironically, despite their prominent role in providing care to the suicidal person, many mental health professionals are illprepared to work with this population due to lack of training. As a means to help remedy this situation, the authors undertook a government-funded Grounded Theory (GT) (Glaser & Strauss, 1967) study in Ireland, to develop a theoretical understanding of how young men transcend suicidality. The theory that emerged from this study entitled, “Re-vitalizing Worthiness”, refers to how the study participants regained a sense of value as individuals who were deserving of life (Gordon, Cutcliffe, & Stevenson, 2011). The study also highlighted key social and treatment practices that facilitated and hindered their movement from a death orientation to a life orientation, drawing attention to the important role of the mental health practitioner in this process.

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