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Better Support Project

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The Better Support Project is a research and resource development project, examining the impact of supporting someone who has attempted suicide.

Conducted by SANE Australia and the University of New England, it aims to explore the experiences of family and friends following a suicide attempt by a loved one.

Results will be used to develop resources and provide better support to those caring for someone following a suicide attempt.

The project will run from August 2017 to June 2020 in three stages.

Stage 1: Online survey

This first stage will survey people over 18 years old who know someone who attempted to take their own life within the past 10 years.

The survey is now closed.

Stage 2: Telephone interviews

Between March and April 2018, approximately 30 online survey participants will be selected for a phone interview.

Stage 3: Resource development

Based on the findings from the online survey and telephone interviews, SANE Australia will develop a suite of resources, which will be distributed to the community in late 2018.

A follow-up survey on their effectiveness will be completed in 2019.

For further information, contact: 

Sarah Coker
Head of Programs
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(03) 9190 0613

If this topic has cause you distress, please contact the SANE Help Centre on 1800 187 263 (10am to 10pm Monday to Friday), Lifeline on 13 11 14, or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

The Better Support Project is funded by the Ian Potter Foundation and the Grenet Foundation.

This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (HE17-210).

Last updated: 20 March, 2018