blueVoices members with experience of suicidal thoughts or behaviour are invited to participate in a research project being conducted by the Centre for Mental Health at The University of Melbourne and funded by Beyond Blue. This project is part of a larger body of research to develop a suicide prevention campaign aimed at family members and friends of people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
The aim of this study is for the researchers to gain an understanding of what family members, friends, colleagues, professionals and others said and did when they realised you were thinking about suicide.
Specifically, we want to know:
• Who knew you were thinking about suicide?
• What was the most helpful and least helpful thing those people said or did?
• What would you have liked someone to say or do that no one ever did?
This research is a very important part of developing the campaign because, while raising community awareness about suicide and equipping individuals to reach out to those at risk may help to address suicide, there is not a strong evidence base to guide the messaging in such a campaign. This project aims to assist in ensuring that any campaign has benefits and does not do harm.
Some blueVoices members may remember taking part in the first part of this research in June 2016 which focused on helping to identify key messages for a possible national suicide campaign that may be implemented in the future by Beyond Blue.
The results of that research helped focus the campaign to be aimed at helping family members and friends to better support loved ones who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
This next phase of the research project is to identify the key messages that should be considered for inclusion in the campaign.