The Way Back Information Resources

It is conservatively estimated that approximately 65,000 Australians attempt suicide each year.  These individuals can experience a range of physical, psychological, emotional and social challenges following the event, and are at much higher risk of a further attempt or death by suicide.

Many of the issues faced by someone who has attempted suicide such as feelings of guilt and shame can also be shared by close family, friends and carers. However, few resources are available for either group of people.

In May 2013, beyondblue funded Everymind to work with them to develop evidence-based information resources for:

  • people who have attempted suicide
  • family and close friends of people who have attempted suicide
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The Way Back suite of resources are available to view/download below.

Finding Your Way Back: A resource for people who have attempted suicide

Finding Your Way Back

pdf ( 630.78 KB )

Guiding Their Way Back: A resource for people who are supporting someone after a suicide attempt

Guiding Their Way Back

pdf ( 965.63 KB )

Finding Our Way Back: A resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples after a suicide attempt

Finding Our Way Back

pdf ( 1.74 MB )

The Way Back Information Resources Project Reports

Consultation report

As part of the The Way Back Information Resources Project, Everymind undertook in-depth interviews with individuals who had attempted suicide and people who had provided support to family members or friends that had attempted suicide.

Participants were recruited through beyondblue’s blueVoices and Suicide Prevention Australia, and consisted of  people who had attempted suicide, family members or friends of a person who had attempted suicide, and people who fell into both categories.

Consultation Report: Needs and views of people who have attempted suicide and their family and friends

The Way Back Consultation Report

pdf ( 853.05 KB )

Final Report on the development of a resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

This report provides an overview of the work undertaken to develop a written information resource for people in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities following a suicide attempt. It includes summaries of background literature reviews, scans of existing similar resources and consultations with sector stakeholders. It also includes a description of the composition and work undertaken by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group that was specifically formed to guide the drafting of the resource.

Final Report on the development of a resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Final Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Final Report 300514

pdf ( 754.59 KB )

Final Project Report on The Way Back Information Resources Project

The final report provides a summary of all aspects of the work undertaken including background literature reviews, scans of existing similar resources and consultations with sector stakeholders. It also includes recommendations for dissemination of the resources produced by the project, as well as suggestions for their further development and evaluation.

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