What will I be asked to do if I take part?You will fill in a survey that will ask you about your experiences of being impacted by suicide, and about the support you may (or may not) have received. It will take about 20 minutes to complete, depending on how much you choose to tell us. The questions are a mixture of tick boxes and chances to write your story.
Why are you doing this research?
We know that suicide can have a massive, wide reaching impact on those who are bereaved and affected. Most of what we know comes from your stories of what happened, and what support you did or didn’t have.
We want to make sure that people who are impacted by suicide are offered appropriate support, when they need it. To do this, we need to collect evidence of the impact of suicide in the UK, where support is good, and where there needs to be more.
So we are asking you to share your story with us, and tell us what helped you, and what was really hard; because we firmly believe that together we can be stronger.
Can I do it on paper?
Yes, you can download a print-ready version of the study here. You can either complete it on the computer and print it out, or print it out and write your answers. You can either email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post it to SASP, PO Box 68766 London SE1P 4JZ. Please note that we are not able to cover the cost of postage.
What will happen to my answers?
Your answers will be held in a secure place by the University of Manchester until the survey closes in September 2018. We will then start to analyse the answers everyone has given us. We will use statistical analysis to look at some of the information, and we will look at written answers using something called qualitative analysis. Through this, we will be able to build a picture of the impact that suicide has on individuals, families, friends, professionally, and within the community, across the whole of the UK.
What we find may be used for academic journals/conferences and the media, to show how important supporting people impacted by suicide is, and how much we need better support. We will use this research as evidence for the need for support in the UK.
How will I be anonymous?
We understand that you may be telling us about a very difficult time in your life, and that you may wish to remain anonymous. It is very important to us to make sure you feel safe and comfortable taking part. We will make sure that you remain completely anonymous – so that you feel you can be open and honest. We will not ask you to identify yourself, members of your family, friends, or community. We ask for information such as the region of the UK you are living in, and the year you were impacted by suicide, but this information will never be made public from individual answers. This information is to help us find out where in the country people are impacted, and to improve support where it is most needed.
When we publish the findings of the research, we may use some of things you tell us as quotes, to help people understand what it is like to be impacted by suicide. If we use something you say, we will make sure that is doesn’t include anything that could identify you.
Will you pass on my answers to anyone else?
No! We keep your answers safe and secure at the University of Manchester. We will not share your data with other people or organisations outside of the University of Manchester and the Support after Suicide Partnership.
Can I see the results?
Yes! We will publish the results on our website, and have links to other sources of information about our work. Please check our website from autumn of 2018 to read about this important work.
The survey won’t work
If you find that the webpage won’t load, please come back and try again. We have done everything we can to make sure this doesn’t happen but if it does, we thank you for your patience. If you repeatedly have difficulties with the study, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page. Please note, we can only provide technical support through this form.
I made a mistake, can I correct it?
Your answers are anonymous, so we are not able to add or edit your answers after you have submitted them. If you think you have made a big mistake, please use the contact form below to let us know, and we do what we can.
I completed the survey and now I feel upset
We understand that we are asking you to talk about a very difficult part of your life. It may have brought back thoughts, feelings and memories that have left you feeling upset. If this has happened, please look at the ‘looking after yourself’ sections at the end of the survey. You can also use the ‘local support’ map on this website to look for some local support. If you think you might be in crisis, please call someone you trust, or call the Samaritans on 116 123. They are open 24/7 and it’s completely free.
Can I tell friends and family about the survey?
Yes! If you think it would be a good idea, please pass on the details of the survey to other people. People all grieve differently, and so others may not feel the same way about taking part as you do. Be prepared for this.