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Les Sentinelles : état des lieux d'un dispositif de prévention du suicide chez les travailleurs du monde agricole en Bretagne

Abstract : Introduction : The Sentinelles de la MSA are a team of volunteers who are not caregivers but who have been trained to detect and report people whose conduct point out a suicidal risk especially among farming workers. The aim of this study was to assess the volunteer’s experience after their training: we wanted to know how they felt. Methodology : semi-guided interviews were held with twelve volunteers trained by the MSA, starting in December 2013. Results : twelve interviews were carried out in January 2017. Five main themes were tackled : the context in wich the person decided free-willingly to take part in this project, the way they experienced and felt when detecting workers with suicidal tendencies or behavior, the way they perceived their role, the connection made afterwards the medical team, their perception of the future and the suggestions made to improve the program. The main difficulties they met were how to identify the people at risk in order to detect sensitive cases, who to report the latter to, and the feeling of being not so helpful due to the still small number of trained volunteers. What came out positively were the fact that suicidal conduct had indeed been discovered, the overall feeling of the volunteers concerning their taking part in the program as well as the feeling of solidarity between the watchers. Conclusion: having volunteers with no medical training, whose task is to help prevent suicide and most of all who build a local network in order to detect fragile behavior, is actually relevant. These people who are at risk can thus be later taken care of in medical sense.
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Thomas Kervella. Les Sentinelles : état des lieux d'un dispositif de prévention du suicide chez les travailleurs du monde agricole en Bretagne. Sciences du Vivant [q-bio]. 2017. ⟨dumas-01780744⟩



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