So, here is the information below:
This group who is conducting the study is doing so on behalf of Nova Scotia's Department of Health and Wellness.The study is examining why some youth do not seek help for their mental health concerns or perhaps do not get help as quickly as they should. They hope they can use the information to help them make a social marketing campaign that will help with reducing the stigma that youth face surrounding mental health. So, with less stigma, youth will hopefully feel more at ease at seeking treatment and getting help before things get worse. Stigma gets in the way a lot of times when seeking help and the more we work together at trying to reduce it, the better!
This research team will be putting together focus groups for a few different groups of people. All focus groups will be done in person. These groups include the following:
- Parents of youth who may be struggling with mental health concerns who live in the rural areas
- Educators who work with youth in both the rural areas as well as the HRM
- Front line workers (aka. health professionals) who are in the HRM area
- Peers (friends) of youth who may be struggling with mental health concerns who live within the HRM area
Also, they want to speak with youth themselves who are affected by mental health concerns. It would take place as one on one interviews either in person or on the telephone. They are looking for youth between the ages of 15 to 24 from both rural areas as well as the HRM. Anyone who has went to get treatment or not sought treatment for their mental health concerns is who they are looking to interview.
All information that they receive will be treated as confidential and only will report it in combination with results of others that were interviewed. So, in other words, things will be lumped together so that no one will know who it was that was interviewed. They will not be asking for any information of a personal nature, so this also helps to keep the information blinded in a sense.
So, you are now asking me, "If I take part in this survey, what's in it for me?". Well, I have SUPER fantastic news for you. If you contact the person who is in charge of this part of the study and you answer a few questions to see if you qualify, then you may be eligible to receive $75 as a thank you for your time. How sweet is THAT! That sounds super sweet to me. So, you are not only getting benefit for your time (60-90 minutes), you are also helping your future generation by contributing to help reduce the stigma that comes from seeking help from mental health concerns. There is a lot of stigma out there, hence why Partners for Mental Health brought out their BULLS#!T campaign for the same age group, 15-24. Together, we will change how people view mental health and mental illness so that people can get help quicker!
So, if you would like to be a part of this study that I talked about above then below is the contact information to the person who is doing the interviews. :)
* JULY 31- UPDATE*
**I was just informed that they have enough people who have responded within the rural areas. Now they are looking for people JUST in the HRM area who are either peers of youth who may be struggling with a mental health concern to take part in focus groups or youth who are affected with mental health concerns for interviews**
I hope that you can be a part of this great opportunity.