Karen Lascelles

Thesis title: Experiences and Support Needs of Adult Carers of Adults at Risk of Suicide: A Mixed Methods Doctoral Research Study

Start year: 2017

Contact: 17002640@brookes.ac.uk

Supervisor(s): Professor Jane V. Appleton

Research topic

Experiences and Support Needs of Adults in England who Care for Adults they consider to be at Risk of Suicide: A Research Study

There are around 5,500 suicides each year in England and Wales.  Estimates suggest that for each suicide there are at least 20 suicide attempts.  Many more people experience suicidal thoughts and may come close to acting on these.  Society and the healthcare systems therein rely heavily on non paid informal carers to support individulas at risk of suicide.  Invariably these informal carers are family members or friends.  Given the high numbers of people who struggle with suicidal thoughts and behaviours we can safely assume there are many, many informal carers in England alone.

Research suggests that all too often informal carers' voices are not heard and their needs are not met.  In order to work towards changing this to ensure carers are given the support they need it is important we understand their caring experiences and associated support needs


Call for participlation

Are you an adult (18 years or over) who lives in England and currently cares for an adult family member or friend you think may be, or has previously been, at risk of suicide?

We are carrying out a research project to help us understand what support might help adults in this position.

What is an adult carer of another adult?

For this research, we are defining an adult carer as anyone aged 18 or over who currently looks after, on a non-professional and unpaid basis, a family member, partner or friend aged 18 or over who needs help and support because they are considered to be, or have previously been, at risk of suicide.

What does at risk of suicide mean?

We are interested in carers’ perspectives of suicide risk.  If you are a non-professional carer and you think that the person you care for is at risk, or has previously been at risk, of suicide you are eligible for this research.

What does the research involve?

This research involves completing an online survey.  The survey takes around 20 minutes to complete and is anonymous (we won’t ask you for any personal details). 

We are also carrying out interviews which will explore the same issues as the survey in more depth.  The survey provides information about how to express interest in taking part in interviews.

How to participate?

The online survey and participant information can be found here: Adult carers of adults at risk of suicide survey

The survey will be live until 1st November 2021. After this time it will not be possible to complete the survey.

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