Our team at Middlesex University is focusing on suicide prevention on the railways and other public places and we were listed as one of the ‘Nation’s Lifesavers List’ projects of #MadeAtUni campaign (see https://madeatuni.org.uk/middlesex-university/research-prevent-suicide-railways-and-other-public-locations). The research was commissioned by Samaritans on behalf of the Network Rail as part of their suicide reduction and prevention work. There is around one suicide on the UK’s railways every 32 hours. The emotional costs to the individual’s family, friends, fellow commuters and transport staff are immeasurable.
This study aims to develop a better understanding of how to support people in crisis and prevent suicide attempts and how bystanders react when they come into contact with people on the railways and other public locations who are in distress and/or suicidal.
Middlesex University want to hear from everyone, in particular commuters. We are particularly keen to hear lived experiences from people who have been emotional distressed and had suicidal thoughts and those who have stepped in to help or wanted to but did not know what to do. We would like to understand what makes a safe and effective bystander intervention, what can be helpful or unhelpful to someone who has been interrupted/stopped, factors which would discourage someone from intervening at all in situations like these and any fears/concerns surrounding bystander interventions. Previous research conducted by the same team for Samaritans and Network Rail suggested that a small talk can disrupt someones’ thoughts and save a life.
It would be very valuable if your organisation supported this research study within your community and media networks, as many people might want to share their own views and experiences. The completion of this national survey from a range of people across the UK will enable us not only gain a better understanding of bystander interventions from different perspectives but will inform policy and lead to new initiatives. Your endorsement will be very much appreciated.
The study is open to 16+ age groups and all responses are completely anonymous and confidential. The anonymous link of the survey is the following: https://mdxl.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dn880JfiHPladG5
You can read further details at our website: www.thequeststudy.org
SOS Silence of Suicide supports this initiative by Middlesex University
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