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Sane – Research Bulletin & Questionnaire on Suicide, Self Harm and Mental Illness

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“We’re now collecting views and responses for SANE’s next Research Bulletin on suicide, self-harm and mental illness. The research will improve understanding of what helps people when they have suicidal feelings or when they deliberately harm themselves, and results will be used to pass on practical tips through SANE’s education resources and to inform and sustain campaigning for improved services and care.

If you’ve ever had suicidal thoughts or have self-harmed – and are confident that you will not be upset by answering questions about the these times – then please participate in the research survey to provide your views on what support helped, or would have helped, at this time and what ensured you stayed safe.

The survey is open for another three weeks, closing 16 November 2009. To view the survey click here.”



In the interest of sharing openly, here were my responses:

1. Have you ever seriously thought about ending your life?
YES
2. In the past year have your ever made a plan to end your life?
5 or MORE
3. Have you ever made a serious suicide attempt?
YES
4. In the past year have you made a serious suicide attempt?
YES
5. Before you made the attempt did you tell anyone you were feeling suicidal?
YES
6. Who did you tell?
FRIEND
7. Was it hard to talk about feeling suicidal?
YES
8. Did you feel understood and taken seriously?
NO
9. Did you, or the person you spoke with, try to get help for how you were feeling before your attempt?
NO
10. Were you diagnosed with a mental illness before your attempt?
YES
11. As a result of your suicide attempt did you have any medical attention?
NO (go to question 15)
15. Have you ever engaged in a self-harming behaviour such as cutting or burning?
YES
16. If Yes, were you feeling at the time, that you wanted to end your life?
NO
17. Were you diagnosed with a mental illness before the self-harm?
YES
18. After the self-harm, did you tell anyone?
NO (go to question 20)
20. As result of your self-harm did you have any medical attention?
YES
21. If Yes, were you provided with a crisis plan?
NO
22. Were you connected up with services and supports such as psychiatrist or psychologist, mental health services or GP?
NO
23. Were you provided with any problem solving therapy?
NO
24. Do you still receive mental health care from a psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health services or GP?
NO
25. Have you ever sought information from a Helpline or website on things to do so you stay alive and don’t hurt yourself?
YES
26. If Yes, have you found this helpful?
NO
27. What things help most when you are feeling overwhelmed and suicidal or about to self-harm?
TALKING TO FAMILY/FRIENDS
28. Have you had help to understand situations where you may be more at risk of suicidal thinking or self-harm? (Eg changing medication, moving house, relationship ending).
YES
29. Have you had help to understand the warning signs that you may be feeling more suicidal or likely to self-harm? (Eg spending less time than usual with friends, drinking too much, talking about death)
YES
30. Do you do any of the following to help you feel better able to cope and less likely to have suicidal or self-harming thoughts? (choose all appropriate)
SPENDING TIME WITH FRIENDS
SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY
INVOLVEMENT WITH ARTS/DRAMA/MUSIC PROGRAMS
WORKING – PAID/VOLUNTARY

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