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FERRE-GRAU, Carme et al. The stigma of suicide: the experiences of patients with suicide attempts and their families. Index Enferm [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.3, pp.155-159. ISSN 1132-1296.

The objective of this article is to describe and analyze the subjective perceptions and experiences of people with one or more suicide attempts and their families. Qualitative research using socio-anthropological approach through in-depth interviews to four patients with suicide attempts, diagnosed with major depression according to DSM-IV criteria and six relatives. Results: The suicide attempt leads to acceptance of depressive illness by both the patient and family by changing personal, family and social image. This change of identity generates stigmatizing aspects. The stigma related to suicide attempts, increase individual and family suffering, impedes the timely use of health services, seeking help and the evolution of the process. Conclusion: Nursing professionals should demystify some concepts and guide the family for the recovery of the person attempting suicide

Palabras clave : Attempted suicide; The stigma of suicide; Qualitative study; Nursing care; Family experiences.

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