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‘ Being suicidal’ as a coping mechanism: the presentation of suicidality among callers to a national emotional support helpline. Kristian Pollock, John Moore, Catherine Coveney & Sarah Armstrong. Samaritans. Crisis service To support callers in despair and suicidal To prevent suicide
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Kristian Pollock, John Moore, Catherine Coveney & Sarah Armstrong
To support callers in despair and suicidal
To prevent suicide
Suicidal thoughts and feelings should be discussed at every contact
observation in 9 branches
Analysis of email (55) and texts (3)
Online survey (1309)
...most of the callers who phone up, even the ones who are saying they’re attempting, at the back of your mind, you feel that they’re probably not going to. V219
...there are some callers who phone very regularly who are quite often quite dramatically suicidal, so they’ll explain that they’re sitting with, sitting, you know, next to a railway line or the bridge, or next to a bottle of pills, or something. V270
I think Samaritans are the best thing since sliced bread and I have been dealing with suicidal thoughts on a daily basis for 15 years and they are crucial to my survival. S104
Not many people know that I am struggling with death fantasies on a daily basis either, and I can’t talk to anyone except you. ES544
Sometimes I take overdoses of tablets just to take the edge of things. It’s a way of carrying on. ES514
Not sure what I am going to do tonight, as Overdosing was on the cards, probably just do it and sleep it off, then there isn’t really a point in doing it, not sure what’s going on. ES503
I do take overdoses and I have threatened to jump off the suspension bridge and all things like that. But it’s more to get rid of the pain rather than having a long-standing plan to actually kill myself. So, I sometimes try and explain that to them. S135
The closest I have gotten would be somewhat planning it. I wouldn’t do it, but I would want to. I think about it a lot. I’m not dangerous, but I could admit it, even though I don’t like saying it, that I am suicidal. When I say I’m not dangerous I mean that I don’t really attempt to kill myself when I plan to. ES530
...the only time when I don’t ring Samaritans is when I’m...those rare occasions when I’m basically in advanced planning mode. I’m really suicidal and just sort of working out how and when and stuff. And at those times the only person ...I can talk to...basically, it’s my professional mental health team. (S161)
I have been taking one less diazapam than I am supposed to take and hidingit. It's one of my many plans for killingmyself… I have not mentioned any of this to the team because, this morning, I was in danger of being sectioned. I lied and said that I had suicidal ideations but that that was all. (ES533)
And there isn’t any kind of threat, I think, that whatever you say will be sort of written down and used as evidence, as it were.It’s not going to go on your notes, and I think some people are worried what they’ll say will go on their notes and then be used against them in some way. (S113)