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Stories of Hope

Understanding lived experiences impacted by suicide

Note: This study has been reviewed by an independent research ethics committee and approved.

Why is conducting this study important? Academically, little is known about the psychological variables  surrounding an incomplete suicide attempt. There is inconsistent information about the predictability of suicide attempts. Even though suicide has been decriminalised in India, other forms of stigma are reflected in incriminatory behaviour and language. Many suicide prevention programmes fail to include the lived experiences of people who have engaged in suicide ideation and behaviour. The present study aims to address these concerns through a qualitative interview using a phenomenological approach. 

The Stories of Hope project is focused on recovery, resilience and social support. Previous suicide attempts are powerful predictors of repeat attempts. The perspectives of people with lived experiences of suicide ideation and suicidal behaviour are a rich source of insight which can help inform suicide prevention programmes, counselling or treatment strategies, advocacy or activism, and research literature. 

The study is in 2 parts

Part I: Exposure to suicide survey: this can be filled by any Indian above 18 years of age who is able to consent. The survey is completely anonymous. 

Part II: The Stories of Hope Interview: Participants who wish to be interviewed after filling the survey can sign up through the survey. Such volunteers will be screened by a licensed clinical psychologist, and only whose who pass the screening will be interviewed.

Who are they principal investigators: This study is being undertaken by Saloni Diwakar (Psychology researcher & Faculty), Smruti Deshpande (RCI registered Clinical Psychologist), Akshara Prabhu (Mental Health Advocate) and Ayushman Shakya (Mental Health Advocate), research authors at the Department of Psychology at Nolmë Labs. 

Are there any risks in participating in this study?: We anticipate that answering some of the survey questions could be distressing for vulnerable people (e.g. those who are freshly grieving, or have recently attempted suicide). Participants currently in a vulnerable emotional state will be at a higher risk of psychological distress. Although the survey items are mostly generic and collect demographic information, we advise such people to refrain from participating and use their discretion. 

What are the benefits of participating?: Participation will

  1. help platform survivors’ stories of surviving suicide, and help those currently contemplating self harm or suicide.

  2. initiate dialogue on the stigma surrounding suicide, depression, and mental health. 

  3. help inform suicide awareness and prevention programmes, as well as peer support care for survivors

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Are you interested in working with us? We accept applications on a rolling basis. Only trained alumni who have previously completed Nolme Labs Academic Research & Publishing Training Programme are eligible to apply for research assistantship roles. Apply at this link

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