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Community leaders' attitudes towards and perceptions of suicide and suicide prevention in Ghana

Community leaders' attitudes towards and perceptions of suicide and suicide prevention in Ghana

Transcultural Psychiatry 2019: 1363461518824434

Community leaders can play an important role in suicide prevention because they are potential gatekeepers in resource-poor settings. To investigate their attitudes towards suicide and the role they play when people are in suicidal crisis, 10 community leaders were interviewed in a rural community in Ghana. Thematic Analysis of the interviews showed that leaders held two conflicting views about suicide: health crisis and moral taboo. They also viewed the reasons for suicide as psychosocial strains more than psychiatric factors. Though they viewed suicide as a moral taboo, they maintained a more neutral position in their gatekeeping role: providing support for persons in suicidal crisis more often than exerting a condemnatory attitude. Implications for gatekeeper training are discussed.

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DOI: 10.1177/1363461518824434

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