Self-inflicted. Deliberate. Death-intentioned. A critical policy analysis of UK Suicide Prevention Policies 2009-2019.

Marzetti, Hazel, Oaten, Alexander, Chandler, Amy and Jordan, Ana (2022) Self-inflicted. Deliberate. Death-intentioned. A critical policy analysis of UK Suicide Prevention Policies 2009-2019. Journal of Public Mental Health . ISSN 1746-5729

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMH-09-2021-0113

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Abstract

Purpose: With encouragement from the World Health Organisation, national suicide prevention policies have come to be regarded as an essential component of the global effort to reduce suicide. However, despite their global significance, the construction, conceptualisation and proposed provisions offered in suicide prevention policies have, to date, been under researched.

Methodological approach: This article addresses this gap, critically analysing eight contemporary UK suicide prevention policy documents in use in all four nations of the United Kingdom between 2009-2019, using Bacchi and Goodwin’s post-structural critical policy analysis.

Findings: We argue that across our sample of suicide prevention policies, suicide is constructed as self-inflicted, deliberate and death-intentioned. Consequently, these supposedly neutral definitions of suicide have some significant and problematic effects, often individualising, pathologising, and depoliticising suicide in ways that dislocate suicides from the emotional worlds in which they occur. Accordingly, although suicide prevention policies have the potential to think beyond the boundaries of clinical practice, and consider suicide prevention more holistically, the policies in this sample take a relatively narrow focus, often reducing suicide to a single momentary act and centring death prevention at the expense of considering ways to make individual lives more liveable.

Originality: UK suicide prevention policies have not been subject to critical analysis; this study represents the first attempt to examine the way in which suicide is constructed in UK suicide prevention policy documents.

Keywords:Policy, Suicide, Suicide Prevention, Politics, Critical Policy Analysis
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:47616
Deposited On:20 Dec 2021 11:31

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