Using photovoice as an intervention to promote meaning-making in a suicide loss support group

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Kelly L. Wester, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The loss of a loved one to suicide is a devastating event that results in a complicated grief experience for those survivors left behind. This specific bereavement experience consists of three challenging obstacles: the unanswered question of why, the stigma concerning the manner of death, and the forced isolation of the grievers. These obstacles complicate the ability to make meaning of the loss, which is an important part of the healing process. Therefore, counselors can target meaning-making as an intervention by utilizing photovoice because it can provide survivors with the opportunity to create new meaning and thus work through these obstacles. This article discusses practical applications of a photovoice intervention with a loss by suicide support group and addresses the implications for clinical mental health counselors.

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Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 42(3), 189-205.
Language: English
Date: 2020
bereavement, grief, photovoice

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