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Research examines impact of supporting someone who has attempted suicide

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SANE Australia and the University of New England are looking for 1000 people to share their experiences of supporting someone who has attempted suicide.

The information provided will be used to inform the development of resources to better support people when someone they care about has attempted to end their life.

SANE Australia General Manager Dr Michelle Blanchard explains that when someone attempts to take their own life, their family and friends can feel quite uncertain about how best to support their loved one.

“When a loved one attempts suicide, people often don’t know what to do to support the person’s recovery,” Dr Blanchard said.

“The research will help us to better understand the needs of people supporting a loved one following a suicide attempt and will enable us to develop resources to assist them during this difficult time.”

Participants are required to complete a 20-minute online survey and must be over 18 years of age.

This research is funded by the Ian Potter Foundation and Grenet Foundation.

Survey available at: 

Anyone looking for information, support and guidance from mental health professionals can contact the SANE Help Centre on 1800 187 263 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from 10am-10pm AEST.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, contact the following 24/7 crisis support services:
• Lifeline 13 11 14
• Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
• Mensline 1300 789 978
• KidsHelpline 1800 551 800


SANE Australia is a national mental health charity working to support four million Australians affected by complex mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression and anxiety.

To request an interview with SANE Australia General Manager Dr Michelle Blanchard contact:

Ellen Sproule
SANE Australia Senior Media and PR Advisor
Phone: 0407 367 215 
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Last updated: 23 January 2018
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