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Psychological Predictors of Mental Help Seeking Intentions
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We would like to invite you to take part in a research project. Before you decide whether to take part, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read this carefully and ask the researcher if you have any questions.

What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to investigate the link between psychological variables and how they predict mental help seeking intentions.

Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because you are an undergraduate student in the UK. We are hoping to recruit 100 for this study. However, to avoid causing any potential distress, you can only take part in the study if you are not currently in receipt of care for a mental health problem.

Do I have to take part?
No. It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take part in this study. Please take your time to decide. You can decide not to take part or to withdraw from the study at any point until 4 weeks after taking part. If you wish to have your data withdrawn, please contact the researcher with your participant number and your data will then not be used. If you do decide to take part, you will be asked to consent on the next page.

What will happen to me if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part and meet the inclusion criteria you will:
• Be asked to consent
• Provide a participant ID (the first letter of your surname, the last two letters of your mother’s maiden name, and the first two digits of your mobile phone number)
• Be asked to fill out 3 different questionnaires, which will take approximately 15 minutes.
• Upon completing the questionnaires, be fully debriefed.

Are there any disadvantages or risks to taking part?
The research will be asking about psychological variables and mental help seeking intentions, which could potentially cause distress. To avoid this, you can only take part in this study if you are not currently in receipt of care for a mental health problem. Also, the study will be looking at perceptions of the topic and not personal experiences.

If you feel that you need support following your participation in this study, please contact the following services:
The Samaritans (116 123)
Mind (0300 123 3393)
The University of Worcester Counselling Services (01905 54 2832 or cmh@worc.ac.uk). If you are not a student at Worcester, please also refer to the Counselling Services at your university.

Will the information I give stay confidential?
Everything you report is confidential. The information you give may be used for a research report, but it will not be possible to identify you from our research report or any other dissemination activities. Data will be securely stored on password protected devices and a secure Cloud Storage, and kept for up to 2 years after the project ends.

What will happen to the results of the research study?
This research is being carried out as part of my dissertation for my research project at the University of Worcester. The findings of this study will be reported as part of my dissertation and may also be published in academic journals or at conferences. If you wish to receive a summary of the research findings, please contact the researcher at zuhs1_15@uni.worc.ac.uk.

Who is organising the research?
This research has been approved by the Project’s Supervisor in accordance with UoW Ethics Policy, as administered by Institute of Health and Society Ethics Panel.

What happens next?
If you have read and fully understood the information sheet, you will be asked to consent before taking part in the study.

If you decide to take part of you have any questions, concerns or complaints about this study please contact one of the research team using the details below.

Student researcher

Sebastian Zuhury
zuhs1_15@uni.worc.ac.uk

Supervisor

Elaine Walklet
e.walklet@worc.ac.uk

If you would like to speak to an independent person who is not a member of the research team, please contact John-Paul Wilson at the University of Worcester, using the following details:

John-Paul Wilson
Research Manager
Graduate Research School
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Worcester WR2 6AJ
01905 542196
j.wilson@worc.ac.uk