Participant Information Sheet

We would like to invite you to take part in our research study. Before you decide, we would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve for you.

Talk to others about the study if you wish. Please feel free to email us if you have any questions.


This study uses an online survey to explore the views of people who have been affected by suicide. Imagery can be a very powerful tool for communicating ideas and information about suicide, but it can also be potentially triggering for those individuals affected. Until now, there has been no research exploring what people who have been affected by suicide think about images used when communicating about suicide and associated factors. We would therefore like to find out your views.
Study information:

Can I take part? 

If you are over 18 and have been affected by suicide in the past you can take part. This could be through experiencing suicidal thoughts or knowing others who have attempted or died by suicide, such as a family member or friend. Individuals who have experienced suicidal behaviour through their professional capacity (e.g. as a doctor caring for a patient) are not eligible to take part.

By taking part, your views will help inform guidelines and future discussions about images that should be used when communicating about suicide.

What does it involve and is it confidential?

The survey consists of a short series of questions about a varied set of images which may be used when communicating about suicide and associated factors. There are 9 images and it should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and so you will not be asked any information which could identify you. This means no one will know during or after the study that you took part – your participation will be confidential. The anonymised set of data we collect from all participants may be shared with other researchers upon request.

What if I find it upsetting?

The survey does not ask you questions about your personal experiences, but rather your views on how we communicate about suicide. However, we recognise that this could remind you of difficult times or experiences and understand that thinking about experiences of suicide, either your own or of those close to you, can be difficult. At the bottom of this page, and throughout the survey, we have provided contact details of organisations where you can get support if needed.

You do not have to take part if you don’t wish to, and if you start and then change your mind, you are free to stop at any time before submitting the questionnaire without giving a reason. However, once you have submitted your response you will not be able to withdraw as the data collected are anonymous.

How do I find out about the results?

We will share our findings in an online blog, which we will post on social media sites including the University of Bristol Suicide and Self-harm research group (SASH) twitter page (@SASHBristol).

This survey will not be monitored regularly and does not provide access to support. If you need support, please call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or email or visit If you live outside the UK or Republic of Ireland please click here for a more comprehensive list of support organisations and helplines across the world.

If you or anyone you know is struggling to cope, or affected by the issues raised in this survey, the following organisations may be able to help.

Phone: 116123

Phone 08000684141

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight daily)

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Phone: 0300 111 5065 (9am-9pm daily)

By clicking ’Next’, you are agreeing that you have read and understood the above information, are over 18 years of age and would like to take part in this study.

Research organisers: Dr Duleeka Knipe, (University of Bristol), Dr Lucy Biddle (University of Bristol)

Funding: Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, University of Bristol

Review: The research has been reviewed by the University of Bristol Facul
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