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Online intervention to include the voices of families and friends affected by a suicide attempt

Everymind is currently developing an online program and tailored resources to support families and friends impacted by a suicide attempt to address a known gap in service provision.

The program has been informed by people with lived experience of suicide. It is evidence-driven and will include modules that explore suicide, depression and drugs and alcohol, caring for yourself and others, and helpful everyday life strategies.

A pilot study in late 2021 will ascertain if families and friends engaged with the online program and social network application tailored to their needs and will examine the benefit such an intervention can provide for families and friends.

Showcasing the voices of families and friends

As part of program development, Everymind is producing a video series to showcase the experience, views and expertise of family and friends caring for a person who has attempted suicide.

These videos aim to provide an overview of the experience of providing care for a person who has made a suicide attempt and to emphasise the importance of receiving support while providing care to another person.

By sharing stories of lived experience, there is the potential to assist others who provide care to someone who has attempted suicide.

The videos will explore topics such as:

  • Feelings and emotions that come up when providing support to someone who has made a suicide attempt
  • Your experiences accessing services and supports for the person who has made a suicide attempt
  • Strategies you have found to be useful for coping and taking care of yourself.

Past success with capturing stories of care

In 2019, Everymind received funding from the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales as part of the Lived Experience Framework to produce a series of videos and podcasts showcasing the stories of people caring for someone with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. These videos were embedded in the Minds Together program.

Carers featured in the videos said they enjoyed the experience and that it made them feel appreciated. Feedback from carers accessing the Minds Together program found the videos to be “enlightening”, “reassuring”, and “supportive”.

Who are we seeking to involve in the video series?

We are seeking people who are:

  • Aged 18 years and over
  • Supporting an adult aged 18 years and over who has made a suicide attempt
  • Able to travel to Newcastle, NSW, in late April to participate.

How to get involved?

If you are interested or want to know more, please contact Dr Zoi Triandafilidis at Everymind via [email protected] or phone 02 4924 6900.

The development of this online program is funded by an Innovation Research Grant from the Suicide Prevention Research Fund, managed by Suicide Prevention Australia. The Innovation Research Grants support world-class Australian research into suicide prevention and the translation of knowledge into effective programs for individuals, families and communities.

Published: 12 April 2021