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Research Study: Suicide Prevention

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Morning everyone!


Kelly vetted a study being performed by researchers at the University of Mississippi.  It has to do with suicide prevention, so the questions asked may bring up memories of unpleasant times, but helping them get a better understanding of what puts the topic of suicide on the table for our community is very worthwhile.  Below is a description of the study from the principal researcher, who has invited people to reach out with questions.  A link to participate in the survey is also included.



Hi folks -


I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi whose research focuses on suicide prevention. Some colleagues and I are looking to collect some preliminary data to help us understand in what ways risk is similar (and different) across a range of diverse populations with elevated suicide rates. Some of these groups overlap with one another quite a bit (e.g. gun owners, law enforcement, active duty military) and some are quite different (e.g. veterinarians, first time new mothers). Our goal is to recruit enough folks to consider groups in isolation or in comparison to one another so that we can understand better how risk shifts in nature from one group to another (and within broader groups that have substantial diversity within them).


One group that has been getting very little attention and whose perspective has been underrepresented in suicide research is the transgender community and I am hoping that individuals who identify as transgender may be willing to take part in this anonymous survey. If you do, some of the items you answer will be ones asked of everyone and some will be unique to the group you indicate that you most identify with. Some of the items are repetitive (sorry...that's an unfortunate reality of scientific research), but we did out best to make the survey both comprehensive and short.


Keep in mind that, although this post is specifically seeking individuals who identify as transgender, we would be thrilled to have anyone take part. Eligibility simply depends upon whether you currently identify with one of the specific groups we are considering in this particular study.


I myself am not an expert on the perspective of the transgender community, but my colleague at Louisiana State University is and he developed this section of the survey. That being said, I would be more than happy to receive and pass along feedback (michael.anestis@usm.edu) and hope that we are able to contribute something of value through our efforts.  I will be going out of town with my family for Labor Day weekend, so I might be a little slow to respond by email for a few days, but trust that I will reply as quickly as possible.


The survey has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of USM. If you are interested in taking part, here is the link.



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I did take the survey.  Hopefully it will help.

I had a feeling that the trans based questions were a bit of an after thought.





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Yes I did the survey too. I did not see anything obvious as regards locality and there was the right place to put 'country' so it may be Ok, but it will be obvious if my submission is invalid. I must admit it would have been easier if I were somewhat younger. The 'numbers of times' questions were difficult to answer.



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