Patient suicide: why nurses need colleagues’ support to grieve
The suicide of a patient can have a devastating effect and provoke feelings of failure
The day I learned of the death by suicide of a child in my care, my world stopped.
I experienced intense feelings: sorrow, shock, anxiety and an overwhelming heavy feeling in my heart, as well as a deep sense of sadness for the family.
Nurses may ask themselves ‘could I have done more?’
My thoughts began to race and questions filled my mind. What did I miss? Could I have done more? Will I be blamed?
Sadly, many nurses find themselves in a similar position.
The UK’s suicide rate has dramatically increased over recent years
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