Over the past year, Beyond Blue has funded research conducted by the University of Melbourne, which aims to better understand the experience of people who have planned or attempted suicide. This project will inform a suicide prevention campaign aimed at family members and friends of people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, to help them recognise when a loved one may be at risk of suicide.
At this final stage of the project, we are asking blueVoices members with experience of suicidal thoughts or behaviour to help us better understand some important signs which may be present when someone is thinking about suicide.
The research showed that many people who are thinking about suicide may not talk about their thoughts with anyone else but may instead display certain behaviours that could indicate to others that they are considering suicide.
We are keen to better understand what these behaviours or signs may be, so that we can educate others through our campaign to know how to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide.
Taking care of yourself
Answering these questions may remind you of difficult past times, or even present feelings. If while completing the survey you feel distressed, we encourage you to stop completing the activity, activate your support networks and look after yourself.
You may choose to contact the Beyond Blue Support Service online or on 1300 22 46 36.
If you feel unsafe, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000.