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About the Study

The QUEST study aims to understand how best to support people in distress, by exploring individual experiences of suicidal thoughts and attempts, and people’s views about helping others who may be suicidal, including family and friends, as well as strangers and passersby.

We would like to gather the stories of a range of people, including those who have experienced suicidal thoughts; those who have intervened in some way when somebody around them was suicidal (for example by approaching them or calling for help); and those who have wanted to help someone in crisis but didn’t know what to do or say.
Even if you have never been in this sort of situation directly, your story could help us find new and better ways of supporting people in distress. This study is being carried out by researchers from Middlesex University in collaboration with the University of Westminster and King’s College London. It was commissioned by Samaritans on behalf of the rail industry, to help prevent suicide.

Thank you for your interest in the study. The survey is now closed and we are currently analysing the responses that so many kindly shared with us. If you have any questions about the research please contact Dafni Katsampa at









If you feel that you are in need of support, please contact Samaritans (116 123) or NHS Choices on 111. 

Both are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are free.

Alternatively, please go to, or call, your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling.

In a life-threatening medical emergency please call 999.

Please click here for a more comprehensive list of support organisations

For more information about helping people who may be suicidal see Samaritans’ tips on how to start a difficult conversation and on interrupting someone’s suicidal thoughts using small talk : Small Talk Saves Lives

Rethink Mental Illness also has advice on how to support someone who is having suicidal thoughts .



If you have any further questions about the study please contact:

Dr. Lisa Marzano – Department of Psychology, Middlesex University


  Tel: 0208 411 6998





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