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Date of Award

Spring 4-23-2018

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Genevieve Arnaut


The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of patient suicidal activities and a suicide intervention protocol on the well-being of employees at an inpatient state hospital. A phenomenological qualitative research project was conducted. Six employees who had experienced patient suicidal activity at an inpatient hospital were interviewed. The results were organized into two broad categories outlining beneficial practices and recommendations. In the beneficial practices category, three themes were identified: communication among employees, peer support, and professional support. In the recommendations category, additional suicide prevention training and improved administrative support after a suicidal activity were identified. Employee recommendations for improved well-being are discussed along with personal reactions to patient suicidal activity.