Sometimes the e-mail inbox of the Telefono Amico Italia [TAI] web-site receives messages requesting a listening ear, into which suicidal tendencies can be read. Taking note of the theme in the broad sector of initiatives aimed at the prevention of suicides and at offering support by giving sufferers a listening ear, this paper presents the results of an initial analysis of the phenomenon. This contribution considers a preliminary phase in connection with the possibility of creating an electronic post-box for responding to calls for help, to be operated by non-professional volunteers in the psychological-psychiatric field. The survey - which is aimed at setting up a possible method of analysis that could be used to study the interactions and the contents of such relationships, on which to base the ongoing training of volunteers - used qualitative (Atlas-t) and qualitative-quantitative (Spad-t) methodologies. Of 608 emails received, 70 were selected as being of relevance to the research since they contained suicidal thoughts and/or intentions on the part of the writers. The analysis shows significant gender differences (men are much more explicit regarding their inability to tolerate the pain of existence),and a generalized feeling of inertia and impotence as well, in addition to a strong awareness of the fear of annihilation along with a sense of being overwhelmed.

Testoni I. (2009). La lettera nella bottiglia. Il suicidio nelle email al Telefono Amico Italia [TAI] (The letter in the bottle. Suicide in email to Telefono Amico Italia [TAI]

TESTONI, INES
2009

Abstract

Sometimes the e-mail inbox of the Telefono Amico Italia [TAI] web-site receives messages requesting a listening ear, into which suicidal tendencies can be read. Taking note of the theme in the broad sector of initiatives aimed at the prevention of suicides and at offering support by giving sufferers a listening ear, this paper presents the results of an initial analysis of the phenomenon. This contribution considers a preliminary phase in connection with the possibility of creating an electronic post-box for responding to calls for help, to be operated by non-professional volunteers in the psychological-psychiatric field. The survey - which is aimed at setting up a possible method of analysis that could be used to study the interactions and the contents of such relationships, on which to base the ongoing training of volunteers - used qualitative (Atlas-t) and qualitative-quantitative (Spad-t) methodologies. Of 608 emails received, 70 were selected as being of relevance to the research since they contained suicidal thoughts and/or intentions on the part of the writers. The analysis shows significant gender differences (men are much more explicit regarding their inability to tolerate the pain of existence),and a generalized feeling of inertia and impotence as well, in addition to a strong awareness of the fear of annihilation along with a sense of being overwhelmed.
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