Mental Health doesn’t discriminate, so why do people discriminate in getting mental health treatment

My name is Saif Awan and I am a Level 4 student within the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Glasgow.

Invitation to Participate

You are being invited to take part in a research study. It is important that you understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve yourself to do. Please take the time to read the following information carefully prior to starting the study. If there is anything that isn’t clear to yourself, please do contact myself or my supervisor if you require further information.

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the current study is to investigate what are the barriers that prevent a person from getting mental health treatment. There have been many small scale studies that have found some topics that can be a barrier for a person to get mental health help. However, due to the small samples and the qualitative nature of research it has been difficult to generalise these potential barriers and what issues should be addressed. The current study aims to address this by looking at the relationship between a person’s current mental health knowledge, attitudes to those with mental health issues and responses to a series of vignettes outlining example scenarios related to mental health.

What does the study involve?

The study involves completing two questionnaires on attitudes towards mental health, the Mental Health Knowledge Scale (MAKS) and the Community Attitudes to the Mentally Ill (CAMI), followed by reading 8 vignettes about mental health and stating whether you agree with them or not. In total the study should take approximately 10-15 minutes.

Why have I been chosen?

You have been chosen as you have responded to the link to participate in the current study either through the University of Glasgow psychology subject pool or via a post on social media.

Do I have to take part?

Your participation in the current study is completely voluntary. You have the right to withdraw at any point during and after the study up until the data has been analysed and written up. You do not have to supply a reason to the researcher for withdrawing. Also, you do not have to answer any questions you do not want to and can skip them, this will be outlined again prior to each survey.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

Your data will be kept strictly confidential. The only personal data that will be collected is the demographic data you will provide. The study will not ask any other personal question and you will be assigned a random code when your data is recorded. All data will be securely stored and only accessible to the researchers.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The study will use Experimentum to conduct the research. Experimentum is a GDPR compliant website which allows for search to be conducted with data securely stored. The data will be then be downloaded as a CSV file for data analysis with codes given to participants. All data will be properly destroyed upon completion of the research write up and submission.

Who can I contact if I want more information?

The research is being conducted as part of a BSc dissertation. If you would like any information about the study and/or a summary of the anonymised group results please feel free to contact myself,, or my supervisor, Ethical approval has been granted by University of Glasgow ethics committee.

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