Recording experiences of suicidality to reform emergency care (RESTORE)
This study aims to improve emergency care for people at risk of suicide.
Suicide is a significant and increasing problem in Australia, with rates in 2015 being the highest in the past decade. Effective care during a suicidal crisis is vital for ensuring the best outcomes for people in distress and their loved ones, and for supporting the health professional providing care.
Black Dog Institute’s RESTORE study is exploring the healthcare experiences of family members, friends and support persons who have accompanied a loved one to the Emergency Department following a suicidal crisis.
The RESTORE study is conducted as part of Australia’s largest suicide prevent trial known as LifeSpan. This project has been approved by the Hunter New England Human Research Ethics Committee.
Who can participate?
We are looking for individuals who:
- are 16 years and older
- have accompanied a loved one to the Emergency Department for thoughts of suicide or a suicide attempt in the past 18 months
- The Emergency Department you have visited is located within the Australian Capital Territory or within one of the following regions in New South Wales, Australia: Central Coast, Murrumbidgee, Nepean Blue Mountains, South Western Sydney, North Sydney/Hornsby, South Eastern New South Wales, Illawarra Shoalhaven.
What will participation involve?
Participation involves an 1 to 1.5 hours long interview focusing on your experiences of care and support provided to you and your loved one at the emergency department. The interview can be conducted either face-to-face or via phone, depending on your preferences.
Participation is entirely voluntary, and you can withdraw your participation any time before or during your interview.
What will the information be used for?
The information that you provide during the interview will help to:
- Explore the needs of family members, friends and support persons when caring for someone at risk of suicide
- Evaluate how the services available currently meet your needs
- Find ways to improve services
Results from this study will be fed back to the healthcare system and might be used to inform more effective models of care for people engaging in suicidal behaviours.
Contact the research team
If you would like more information, please contact Hannah Rosebrock, Study Coordinator via email or phone (02) 9382 4387.
To register your interest please complete the form below.
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Thank you for expressing interest to participate in this study. A member of our team will be in contact shortly. If you or someone nearby is in immediate danger, please call emergency services 000 Needing to talk to someone about how you are feeling? For 24 hour support call: LIFELINE - 13 11 14 BEYONDBLUE - 1300 22 4636