Barriers toward help-seeking among young men prior to suicide
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionDeath Studies. 2017, 42 (2), 96-103. 10.1080/07481187.2017.1328468
This study explores barriers to help-seeking among young men prior to suicide. We analyzed 61 in-depth interviews with parents, siblings, friends, and ex-partners of 10 young men (aged 18–30) with no record of mental illness, as well as 6 suicide notes, using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Three barriers emerged: (a) a total defeat; (b) no room for weakness; and (c) fear of mental disorder. The shame from falling short of standards (own/significant male others’) could be a considerable barrier to help-seeking in a suicidal crisis.