Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Suicide and support in Sweden

A team of researchers looking into unnatural teenage deaths in northern Sweden analysed 10 cases of suicide to see their effect on family members left behind. They examined post-suicidal reactions, impacts on daily living and the families' need for support after the event. At the time of the research the participants were still struggling to explain why the suicide had occured. Although most had returned to an ostensibly normal life they were still profoundly affected by their loss. They said that post-suicide support was often badly-timed and insufficient, especially for younger siblings, and said that they would welcome earlier assistance from friends, family and the clergy.

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