Suicide is a major public health issue with alarming rates worldwide and Veterans commit suicide 20% more often than the general population. Case management is a treatment strategy used to decrease suicides. The purpose of the qualitative phenomenological research study was to discover and understand case managers’ perceptions and lived experiences of the effectiveness of suicide prevention programs for veterans. Interviews of 12 case managers in the state of Maryland revealed 10 themes that represented case managers’ perceptions of suicide prevention programs. The emerging themes consisted of suicidal behavior, readjustment, military culture, mental health treatment, community programs, access to services, high suicide risk, financial issues, therapeutic working alliance, and support systems. The effect of military culture represented a unique perspective in how veterans reacted to mental health treatment. The information from the study could add insight to mental health leaders on effective suicide prevention strategies. The findings resulted in data that support case management as an effective method of decreasing suicide rates. The study results further indicated additional studies should be conducted to provide leaders with more in-depth information on case management effectiveness from the veteran’s perspective.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social work, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Military suicides, Suicidal behavior, Suicide prevention, Veterans|
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