I’m not Alone: A Phenomenological Study of Psychological Help Sources in Suicide Crisis

F A Nurdiyanto, Subandi Subandi
(Submitted 15 July 2021)
(Published 30 October 2021)


This research was conducted to explore the experiences of suicide survivors in seeking psychological help for their crisis. A descriptive phenomenological study was chosen to get the dynamics of mental health help-seeking. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with youth participants who had previously experienced a suicide crisis. Seven participants (5 women; mean age 26 years-old) were involved voluntarily through the snowball technique recruitment. Descriptive phenomenological analysis was applied to get the synthesis and meaning of experiences in psychological help-seeking. This study found psychological help sources: self-help, close relationships, socio-cultural, and institutional. This article highlighted that social relations played a crucial role in the success of seeking help. Suicide prevention should be carried out by campaigning for self-disclosure to seeking help by utilizing various available psychological help sources.


descriptive phenomenological method; mental health help-seeking; suicide

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DOI: 10.22146/gamajop.67687


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