Northern Ireland Research on Suicidal Young Men
Study uses experiences of young suicidal men to inform mental health care services
A recent study (December 2011) calls on mental health care services in Northern Ireland to be more proactive in reaching out to young men.
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide notes the importance of this research based on 36 male survivors of suicide aged 16 to 34 years of age.
It picks up on perceptions of being a young man per se but draws from the particular context of 21st century Northern Ireland. We are all encouraged in the study "to gently challenge [unhelpful]constructs and perceptions and replace them with more realistic, helpful and attainable views of being a successful man."
Widening Access and Bolstering Pro-Active Outreach is driven here from the stories of these young men: underscoring our commitment at PAPYRUS to use social media and means that young people enjoy - we believe that developmentally and culturally appropriate access is really important.
Equipping Young Men for the Challenges of 21st Century Living is highlighted here. At PAPYRUS we are also conscious of the positive contribution that the family, friends, partners, peers and public can make here.
"PAPYRUS welcomes this research," said CEO Ged Flynn. "It confirms much of what is already indicated to us through the shared experience within our UK-wide membership which includes many young suicide survivors, family members, friends and supportive professionals."
Authors: Dr Joanne Jordan, Professor Hugh McKenna, Dr Sinead Keeney, Professor John Cutcliffe
Background: In October 2006, the Protect Life A Shared Vision – The Northern Ireland Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan 2006 – 2011 was launched by the Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). The Strategy’s overarching target is to reduce the suicide rate in Northern Ireland by 15% by 2011.