British Columbia Interviews

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  • Have you had any experiences of mental health treatment you would like to share?
  • Do you want to be part of research recommending ways in which experiences of mental health and treatment can be improved?
  • Have you made or considered making an advance decision/representation agreement or any other legal document to protect your choices?

I am looking for participants to take part in my research on decision-making and mental health treatment. Participants should be:

  • aged 18 or over,
  • self-identify as psychiatric survivors and have experiences of receiving mental health treatment in British Columbia for the following but not limited to: anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, episodes of psychosis, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders.
  • and/or have made an advance decision/representation agreement for mental health treatment or are thinking of one.

What is this for?

Interviews in British Columbia will allow me to examine the experiences of mental health and treatment of psychiatric survivors in British Columbia, who have the freedom to make an advance consent/representation agreement to mental health treatment. Your opinions and experiences will inform my research and recommendations for law reform in this area in England & Wales.

What happens if I take part? 

  • You and I schedule an online video chat or a phone-call at the convenient date and time for you
  • I will ask your questions about your experiences of receiving mental health treatment in British Columbia
  • I use a digital audio recorder to record the interview
  • I will transcribe this interview, anonymise it so you cannot be identified and use it to inform my findings
  • Once I finish this project I will send you a summary of my findings. You will be given access to the full thesis if you wish to.

What happens to the above information?

  • Everything is in your control. You can stop the recording at any time and change your mind about taking part during the interview or up to 12 weeks after.
  • I will be the only person to listen to the original recordings. Anonymised transcripts may be read by the research team only (myself and my supervisors).
  • The recording will be destroyed once I finish my PhD research. Anonymised transcripts must be kept securely for 10 years. All data will be kept locked up or password protected.
  • If you consent, I may offer your anonymised transcript to the UK Data Service for archiving.

Are there any benefits to taking part?

  • You have a chance to tell your story
  • You can help me understand experiences of mental health treatment
  • You can help me make recommendations that could benefit people like yourself in the future

Can I have more information about this?

Of course, please contact me if you wish to take part or need more information.