What is the project about?
In 2014, researchers at the Centre for Mental Health, School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne carried out a survey focusing on how people with mental health problems were treated by others in the community. Most of the people who took part in the original survey agreed to be contacted for a follow-up survey. We are only contacting people who did agree to this and provided landline, mobile phone or email addresses for this purpose.
The purpose of the follow-up survey is to assess the longer-term impact of discrimination or positive treatment.
Who is running the project?
The project is being conducted by a team within the Centre for Mental Health, School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne. The Chief Investigators are Associate Professor Nicola Reavley, Professor Tony Jorm, Dr Amy Morgan and Associate Professor Dennis Petrie. This study has been approved by: The University of Melbourne’s Human Ethics Advisory Committee ID: 1648423.1.
Who is funding this project?
The project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to take part in a telephone interview that will take about 10-15 minutes depending upon your answers.
How will my confidentiality be protected?
Any data we collect from you will be stored separately from any identifying information to protect your confidentiality. This will be done using an ID number, without your name attached. Data will be held under password protection and not divulged to others. The data will be kept securely by the University. We will only report the results in a statistical summary form that will not allow individuals to be identified. While every effort will be made to protect the identity of participants, there are legal limitations to data confidentiality. For instance, it is possible for data to be subject to subpoena or freedom of information request. However, this is very unlikely.
What are the potential benefits of this study?
Evidence from such studies could provide much-needed input into the design of anti-discrimination interventions, for example, public education about human rights and the impact of discrimination on people with mental disorders; action from health services to help overcome anticipated discrimination as a barrier to help-seeking; and the incorporation into treatments of techniques to address discrimination as well as symptoms.
Are there any potential risks in taking part?
We believe there are no risks in taking part in the study. However, if you feel distressed during the survey, there are people you can talk to:
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- SANE: 1800 187 263
- Beyondblue: (www.beyondblue.org.au; 1300 22 4636)
What if I wish to withdraw from the study?
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. Should you wish to withdraw at any stage during the interview you are free to do so without prejudice.
How can I find out about the results of the study?
Once the research project has concluded, a brief summary of main findings will also be available on the Centre for Mental Health website (http://mspgh.unimelb.edu.au/research-groups/centre-for-mental-health). We anticipate that results will be published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at academic conferences.
What if I have concerns about the study?
This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this research project, which you do not wish to discuss with the research team, you should contact the Manager, Human Research Ethics, Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010. Tel: +61 3 8344 2073 or Email: email@example.com All complaints will be treated confidentially. In any correspondence please provide the name of the research team or the name or ethics ID number of the research project. If you have concerns about the scientific aspects of the study, please contact Dr Nicola Reavley on 03 9035 7628 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org