SUICIDE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF PALESTINIAN MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS
Abu Ghoush, Shereen
جامعة النجاح الوطنية
This study aims at identifying suicide from the perspective of Palestinian mental health workers by interviewing sample of Palestinian mental health workers consisted of 16 participants through an interview includes eight questions which have been analyzed by using qualitative method. The study findings showed that: 1. Mental health workers relate reasons for suicide in Palestine to external, internal and personal pressures. 2. There are differences between males and females include social reasons, economic reasons, and violence against women, family pressures, and personal reasons. 3. In questions related to Palestinian culture, mental health workers related factors to reducing the phenomenon to cultural factors, norms and customs, national culture, Strain, religion affects and family solidarity, while they related other factors to the increasing of the phenomenon, which included political, economic, social factors and psychological stress. 4. The dangerous intention to suicide in Palestine included evaluating case feeling, needs and case surrounding. In addition, 5. Concerning the transferring procedures for suicide cases: mental health workers determined specialist's tasks and referral procedures. 6. Procedures for informing families including collecting information, communicating families and authorities, determining treatment plan and providing supporting plan, 7. The role of the specialist in suicide case intervention includes assessment, communication, transferring and seeking support, providing guidance. 8. Suggestions to prevent suicide attempts included more research to understand the phenomena, increasing awareness towards suicide in all aspects, and providing supportive bodies and specialized centers. Implication of the study are mentioned such as training mental health workers, increasing awareness level towards suicide, and providing supportive bodies in order to decrease the phenomenon, besides future studies are discussed.