A Survey of People with Lived Experience of Suicide-Related Behavior in Queensland, Australia

Their Experiences with Available Resources

Laura Finlayson-Short, Sarah Hetrick, Karolina Krysinska, Meredith Harris, Caroline Salom, Eleanor Bailey, Jo Robinson

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Abstract

Background: Many organizations provide support to people affected by suicide-related behavior, for example, those bereaved by suicide, those who have attempted suicide, and their informal carers. However, evidence regarding how well used, and acceptable, these resources are is lacking. Aims: To investigate the views about and experiences with support and resources of people with lived experience of suicide bereavement, suicide attempt, or caring. Method: The study was conducted in Queensland, Australia. In total, 175 people completed the survey. Data were analyzed using SPSS Statistics 22. Results: Participants found resources helpful and user-friendly, but many had never searched for support, did not know it was available, or felt no better after using it. Respondents who had attempted suicide were more likely to look for resources, but less likely to feel better after using them and endorsed more barriers to accessing support. Limitations: This study used a convenience sample of individuals living in Queensland, was biased toward help-seeking populations, and included mostly women, and therefore it was not representative. Conclusion: Support and resources that are more flexible and accessible, and are offered in a more proactive manner could improve the user experiences of people affected by suicide-related behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalCrisis
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 29 May 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • bereavement
  • caring
  • postvention
  • resources
  • suicide attempt

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Finlayson-Short, Laura ; Hetrick, Sarah ; Krysinska, Karolina ; Harris, Meredith ; Salom, Caroline ; Bailey, Eleanor ; Robinson, Jo. / A Survey of People with Lived Experience of Suicide-Related Behavior in Queensland, Australia : Their Experiences with Available Resources. In: Crisis. 2019.
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A Survey of People with Lived Experience of Suicide-Related Behavior in Queensland, Australia : Their Experiences with Available Resources. / Finlayson-Short, Laura; Hetrick, Sarah; Krysinska, Karolina; Harris, Meredith; Salom, Caroline; Bailey, Eleanor; Robinson, Jo.

In: Crisis, 29.05.2019.

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