Co-constructing conversations about suicide: the Meeting Space Framework

Annessa Rebair*

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This article draws on research conducted for the author's doctoral thesis. It presents the development of the Meeting Space Framework to address what is needed to engage in meaningful conversations about suicide, from the perspective of student nurses. An interpretive methodology of constructivist grounded theory was used, underpinned by the theoretical perspective of symbolic interactionism. The core category of Meeting Spaces resulted; engaging in meaningful conversations about suicide is co-created in illuminating space within the context of a human pivotal encounter (positive) as opposed to an unceremonious pivotal encounter (negative). A certain kind of space is required to support engagement in meaningful conversations about suicide. It requires humanness and an intention and ability to see the whole person beyond the limiting word of ‘suicide’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-160
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2022


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