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Staff perspectives of safety planning as a suicide prevention intervention for people of refugee and Asylum-Seeker background

Ferguson, M., Posselt, M., McIntyre, H., Loughhead, M., Kenny, M.A., Mau, V. and Procter, N. (2021) Staff perspectives of safety planning as a suicide prevention intervention for people of refugee and Asylum-Seeker background. Crisis .

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000781
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Abstract

Background: Safety planning involves the co-development of a personalized list of coping strategies to prevent a suicide crisis. Aims: We explored the perspectives of workers regarding safety planning as a suicide prevention strategy for people of refugee background and those seeking asylum in Australia. Method: Participants attended suicide prevention training, specific to refugees and asylum seekers, at which safety planning was a key component. Semistructured, posttraining interviews (n = 12) were analyzed thematically. Results: Four key themes were identified: safety planning as a co-created, personalized activity for the client; therapeutic benefits of developing a safety plan; barriers to engaging in safety planning; strategies to enhance safety planning engagement. Limitations: First-hand refugee and asylum-seeker experiences were not included. Conclusion: As a relatively low-cost, flexible intervention, safety planning may be valuable and effective for these groups.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: hogrefe eContent
Copyright: © 2021 Hogrefe Publishing
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60946
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