This study was completed as part of my educational qualification as a psychotherapist/counsellor at Ulster University, N Ireland.
The study's findings - in my humble opinion - are as valid today as in 2001. This year, the year of Covid-19 in UK/Ireland, suicide has not yet been publicly identified as a distinct category in the human catastrophe hidden under the bureaucratic term - excess deaths: that is those deaths not yet identified on death certificates as directly or indirectly related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Those innocent family members, GPs, friends, colleagues and neighbours inter alia of the suicide deceased are too often regarded by the rest of us as "collateral damage" and left to grieve alone. It remains my hope that 'the rest of us' can perhaps turn towards the bereaved - rather than away from them - and so to offer by our presence if little else, our condolences and our practical help, support and perhaps even a smidgen of empathy. 14 June 2020