24-10-2017 12:07 PM
This Topic Tuesday we’ll be discussing the huge role that friends, family and other people in the community play in supporting someone after a suicide attempt. Dr Sarah Wayland, a researcher and mental health social worker, will talk about some of the challenges in supporting others through a suicidal crisis. What has been your experience and did you get the support YOU needed to help your loved one?
This discussion aligns with research being conducted by SANE and the University of New England looking at the impact of supporting someone who has attempted suicide. If you want to participate in the research, are over 18 and have supported a person who has attempted suicide in the last ten years, you can fill in the survey. Click here or paste https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBGDN7B into your browser.
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28-11-2017 07:00 PM
Welcome everyone to tonight's Topic Tuesday. We are so pleased to have Dr Sarah Wayland with us tonight. She is a key Researcher from the University of New England who is working with SANE to better understand the impact of supporting someone after a suicide attempt.
When a person attempts suicide, those around them might believe that the person is the only one who is impacted. But as the days, months and even years roll by, the event can also impact those who provide care on an ongoing basis.
As part of tonight's discussion, we're hoping to hear from those with experience as a carer of a person who has attempted suicide. But, as always, we welcome all members with questions or comments.
28-11-2017 07:01 PM
Hi @suzanne & Dr Wayland
I care for my husband who attempted nearly 2 years ago,
28-11-2017 07:02 PM - edited 28-11-2017 07:03 PM
Welcome @UNE (Sarah). It's great to have you with us tonight. We know from other studies, and of course the experiences of our members, that caring can be complex and challenging at times.
What is the University of New England and SANE hoping to find out from this study?
28-11-2017 07:04 PM
What can you tell us about how this has affected you?
28-11-2017 07:05 PM
Thanks Suzanne. It's great to be here tonight. Our joint project with SANE is trying to uncover a few issues. We are interested in exploring the physical, emotional, psychological and even financial impact on carers, who care for a person who suicide attempts, so that we might improve our policies and practises to support them. I would be keen to understand what peoples experiences here have been in terms of the the expected and unexpected impacts?
28-11-2017 07:07 PM
Hi @Shaz51, I'm glad you dropped by. Are you able to share some of the impact with us?
28-11-2017 07:08 PM
Hi Shaz. Thanks for saying hi. I hope there is space for you to speak about your carer experience here.
28-11-2017 07:09 PM
Hi Darcy - thanks so much for joining us. Ive posted a question about what we are aiming to find out about the study - it would be interesting to hear any reflections you might have. Sarah.
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