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LGBTI suicide prevention study: call for participants
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LGBTI suicide prevention study: call for participants

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:35 Written by // Ron Hughes

The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) at Griffith University is seeking participants from across Australia to take part in a study to learn more about the processes that lead to suicide in LGBTI individuals.

The study, funded by beyondblue, will assist in developing better strategies for preventing suicide in LGBTI people in Australia.

Researchers are asking friends and relatives of LGBTI people who have taken their own lives, to undertake an interview to discuss their observations and understanding of the period leading up to their loved one's death.

"This is an extremely important study as it is the first of its kind ever conducted in Australia,” Research Fellow Dr Delaney Skerrett told gaynewsnetwork.

“We know that LGBTI people are at a higher risk for non-fatal suicidal behaviours, such as suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and suicide attempts. But to date, no studies have been published on LGBTI people who have died by suicide in Australia.

“It is therefore crucial that we speak to as many people as possible to understand why LGBTI people are taking their own lives in order to prevent such future tragic outcomes.”

Skerrett said AISRAP understood why many people might feel reluctant to participate, with the issue of suicide being such a sensitive matter.

“We understand that talking about the loss of a loved one is a sensitive topic and that people may feel some hesitation in volunteering to participate,” he said.

“These types of interviews are a commonly used method in suicide prevention research, however, and our previous interviews suggest that the experience of participants is generally beneficial and positive, allowing an opportunity for individuals to share their story in a nonjudgmental and supportive environment. "

To take part in this vital research, you must be over 18 years old, and willing to undergo an interview lasting two to three hours.

Participants will receive compensation for their time.

To participate in this study please contact Dr Delaney Skerrett on (07) 3735 3393 or via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Ron Hughes

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Ron Hughes is the editor of SA's only LGBTI magazine, blaze.

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