What helps to prevent suicide in men?

HREC Approval No 13077


“What helps prevent suicidal behaviours in men?”

Depression and suicide are major problems in men Suicide is the most common cause of death in Australians aged 15-44 years. It is more common than deaths from motor vehicle accidents or skin cancer and the 10th most common cause of death for Australian males. Proportionally higher rates of suicide occur in young men, men who are separated/divorced, unemployed, with physical health problems or mental health disorders, particularly depression.

Study Aims
Our study aims to investigate men’s experiences of depression and suicidal behavior (thoughts, plans, attempts), with a view to discovering factors that contribute to, or interrupt suicidal behavior, and factors contributing to taking action, or not taking action, during a suicidal crisis.

Study Procedure

Who are we looking for?
YOU can take part in this study if you are:

  • 18 years or older
  • You have a male friend or male family member who has made a suicide attempt that was between 6 and 18 months ago

What do you have to do?
We will ask you to share your thoughts and opinions about the signs of suicidal behaviour in males, and to help us learn how suicidal behaviour can be recognised, interrupted and prevented. We ask that you share your experiences in a focus group with other individuals in a similar position to you. Please note that this research is not designed to be a support group.

Why take part?
By participating in this study, you will:

  • Meet other people in similar circumstances to you
  • Have a chance to share your experiences and knowledge with others
  • Help guide the creation of new strategies for other men to use in times of crisis

We will be conducting one-on-one interviews in every state and territory, with men over the age of 18, who have made a suicide attempt between 6 and 18 months ago.
We also wish to explore the views of adult family and friends, who have been impacted by depression and suicidal behaviours in a male friend or family member in the same time period. Focus groups will be held in every state and territory in order to learn how we might better recognise, interrupt and prevent suicidal behaviour in Australian males.
The third part of the study is an online survey. The aim is to recruit men who have had either lived experience of suicidal behaviour, or those who have been impacted by suicidal behaviour of a male friend or family member. This will be available to all Australians over the age of 18 who have access to a computer and the internet.

Study Outcomes
This information will help inform population based suicide prevention initiatives. It will allow us to develop new strategies that can then be used by other men in the community to assist them manage their mental health and wellbeing, cope with crises, and prevent depression and suicide responses.
Participants in the interviews and focus groups will be reimbursed for their time and travel expenses up to $50.

For more information

(02) 9382 8368 OR menshealth@unsw.edu.au

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