Reflections on suicide – mental illness or expression of existential pain?

From Mad in Norway: If we are to try to move forward in our understanding of suicide and suicide attempts, our gaze should be lifted from an excessive belief in the biomedical explanatory model – with a focus on underlying psychopathology and schematic suicide risk assessments – to a more existential, humanistic, person- and opinion-oriented perspective. There are existentially charged words such as despair, existential insecurity, meaninglessness, hopelessness, loneliness, impotence, worthlessness, alienation and suffering in life. The content of these is leading to how we understand the power of suicidality in treatment environments in mental health care as well as in society at large.

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