Thank you for participating in this study! The data you provided will help us gain a better understanding of suicidal behavior. In the future, this knowledge may inform the creation of interventions to prevent people from dying by suicide. We realize that some of the tasks we had you participate in may be have been unpleasant but hope that you find the experience of participating in this study worthwhile because you are in a literal sense helping to save lives.
In this study, we were interested in how exposure to certain types of content might influence people’s willingness to engage in certain suicidal behaviors. We were specifically interested in how people may make different decisions about engaging in certain suicidal behaviors if we provide them with novel information about the likelihood of certain outcomes associated with those behaviors. Participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first group watched a video that was designed to increase uncertainty about the lethality of certain suicide methods; the second group watched a video detailing basic facts about suicide.
Before and after viewing the videos, we asked you to complete a set of questionnaires to assess different aspects of suicidal thoughts and behaviors as well as different factors that might be important for understanding the processes that result in suicidal thoughts and behaviors. We then followed up with you at two additional time points to see what effects exposure to these videos might have in the future.
We expect to find that exposing individuals to certain types of information will influence a person’s willingness to consider or engage in certain forms of suicidal behavior. We believe that this kind of information may be useful for future studies that focus on building effective interventions that may inhibit people’s willingness to engage in potentially lethal suicidal behaviors.
If you would like to learn more about this study, or see group results once they are completed you may contact the experimenter:
Dr. Jessica D. Ribeiro
Mail: Department of Psychology, FSU, Mail code 4301, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Please note that we cannot provide you with your individual responses to the questionnaires. Your responses gain meaning by looking at them relative to others’ responses.
If after filling out these questionnaires you have concerns about your safety or physical or mental health, please ask the experimenter for information on where you can obtain mental health services or consult one of the resources available to you, which are provided here: http://www.risklabfsu.com/resource-information-sheet