Help-seeker expectations and outcomes of a crisis support service: Comparison of suicide-related and non-suicide-related contacts to Lifeline Australia

Megan O'Riordan, Jennifer Ma, Kelly Mazzer, Philip J. Batterham, Kairi Kõlves, Alan Woodward, Britt Klein, Mark Larsen, Roland Goecke, Madelyn Gould, Debra Rickwood

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Abstract

Lifeline Australia aims to prevent suicide and support community members in personal crisis via the provision of free anonymous telephone, online chat and text message services. This study aimed to identify the expectations and outcomes of Lifeline help-seekers, including whether there are differences between suicide-related and non-suicide-related contacts. Help-seekers (N = 553) who had previously contacted Lifeline via telephone, online chat, or text message crisis services were recruited via social media and a link provided after Lifeline service use, who completed an online survey about their awareness, expectations and outcomes of Lifeline's services. The responses from help-seekers who self-reported suicide-related and non-suicide-related reasons for contact were compared. Participants were highly aware of Lifeline's services, particularly the phone service. The main expectations of all help-seekers were to feel heard and listened to, feel less upset and feel understood. There were 59.5% of the sample that reported suicidality as a reason for contact. Suicide-related contacts endorsed more reasons for contact than non-suicide-related contacts. Expectations of suicide-related help-seekers were greater, but they were less likely to report that their expectations were met. The high expectations and complexity of suicide-related contacts reveal the challenges in meeting the needs of this high-priority group, particularly within the context of the multiple demands on crisis support services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e4535-e4544
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2022

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