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Making Sense of the Unseen: Understanding Women’s Experiences of Suicidality in the Perinatal Period

Research project

What is the project about? 

Until now maternal suicide has remained largely unseen by society, researchers, and many health professionals. Our study, Making Sense of the Unseen, will begin to address this important gap in our knowledge. 

The study aims to understand women’s experiences of thoughts of suicide during pregnancy and the following year (a time known as the perinatal period). The experiences that women share with us will help us to understand and find a way to help women and families impacted by suicidality in the perinatal period. 

Making Sense of the Unseen is a collaboration between MCRI, James Cook University, and PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia

Who can take part? 

We would like to hear from women who:

  • Had thoughts of suicide during pregnancy and/or the following year within the last 5 years
  • Lived in Australia at the time
  • Are over 18 years of age 

What will I be asked to do? 

Women will be able to participate by completing an anonymous online testimonial (survey), or one-on-one telephone or video interview. 

How can I find out more?  

If you have any questions about the study, you can contact Dr Laura Biggs: or (03) 8341 6483. 

You can register to receive study updates here