Family and friends supporting someone who has attempted suicide

Do you support or provide care to someone who has attempted suicide?

In Australia and globally, suicide and suicide attempt remains a significant public health concern. Recent research estimates that 65,000 people attempt suicide in Australia every year, affecting families, friends, and communities.

We know that loved ones, family members and friends provide most of the practical and emotional support to those who have attempted suicide. At the same time, this support role is often fulfilling but can also be challenging and stressful for caregivers.

Whilst there is a growing range of programs and resources for the person who has attempted suicide, there is limited research on the needs of those who provide care and support. As a result, very few programs and resources specifically focus on caregivers of a person who has attempted suicide.

What is Everymind doing to help?

With funding through the Suicide Prevention Research Fund, Everymind is developing a new tailored support program dedicated to educating and building the skills and capability of family members and friends who are caring for someone who has attempted suicide.

The short, self-paced program includes two core modules and a range of complementary optional mini-modules that focus on the needs, experiences and challenges of caregiving.

The Minds Together program for family and friends supporting someone who has attempted suicide will be free to access and delivered online, for caregivers to complete at a time and place convenient to them.

Be notified when the program is available

The Minds Together program for family and friends supporting someone who has attempted suicide will be available to access in June 2022. To be notified when registrations open, join the program mailing list.

More about the research project

This research project aims to improve support for people who love, live with, or care for someone who has attempted suicide through the trail of an online support program and social forum tailored to the needs and experience of caregivers.

The research will also provide insight as to whether family members and friends engage with such a program and what benefits they receive from participating.

More about the online program

We are seeking participants who are:

  • Aged 18 years or older
  • Currently supporting an adult (aged 18 years or older) who has attempted suicide
  • Living in Australia
  • Comfortable communicating in English
  • Comfortable using web-based programs.

How the program will work

Participants will complete an online survey and will be randomly placed in one of two groups.

  • Group A: Participants in this group will access the program for eight weeks. They are then invited to complete a second survey and a third survey three months later.
  • Group B: Participants in this group will access the program and online social forum for eight weeks. Participants are then invited to complete a second online survey and a third survey three months later.

Participants will also have the option to participate in a phone-based interview seeking further feedback on both the program and the forum (depending on your assigned condition) as well as your experiences as a caregiver.

The Minds Together program for family and friends supporting someone who has attempted suicide has been informed by a review of published research literature. Participation in the program is completely voluntary with no remuneration.

Research ethics information

This pilot study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Newcastle (Approval No. H-2021- 0291). Should you have any complaints concerning how this research is conducted, in the first instance, you may wish to contact the Chief Investigator, Dr Sally Fitzpatrick, via email: [email protected] or by phone: (02) 4924 6900. If an independent person is preferred, please contact the Human Research Ethics Officer, Research & Innovation Services, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia, phone (02) 4921 6333, email [email protected]

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