Research into the experience of taking part in television programmes about mental health

Hannah Selby is a postgraduate researcher from the Psychology, Psychotherapy & Counselling Division in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton. She would like to invite you to take part in her study.

What is the purpose of the study?

The focus of this research is factual TV series about mental health that involve people taking part in interventions. This could be therapy such as CBT, or it could be other activities like exercise, singing or decluttering. Examples include Mind Over Marathon (BBC1), The Hoarder Next Door (C4), Freaky Eaters (BBC3) and Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (C4).

The study aims to find out how TV participants find the experience of being filmed and appearing on television and explore any positives or negatives of taking part. Hannah will be interviewing TV participants, production teams and therapists who have been involved in these kinds of programmes to identify common themes and factors that make participation successful, and what the challenges may be. This research is an opportunity to talk about your ‘behind the scenes’ experiences of taking part in a television show. The aim is to give a voice to television participants with mental health issues and has the potential to inform how television series are made in the future.

Who can take part?

Hannah would like to speak to people who have been a main participant in a TV series involving taking part in therapy or activities related to issues such as anxiety, hoarding, OCD or phobias.

What is involved?

Taking part in the research involves being interviewed by the researcher. The interviews will take 1-2 hours, but the time can be flexible depending on your needs. The interview will be arranged at a convenient location for yourself, or by skype if more suitable. The interviews will be informal, and you will be free to ask questions and talk about the things that are important to you. Your name or personal details will not be used in any documents based on the research findings without your permission. Each participant will be given a fictitious name to protect their anonymity and any details that might identify you will be altered.

What are the potential benefits of taking part?

This research is an opportunity to talk about your ‘behind the scenes’ experiences of taking part in a television show. The aim is to give a voice to television participants with mental health issues and has the potential to inform how television series are made in the future.

Will I be paid for taking part?

You will be offered a voucher for £10 towards any travel expenses.

How do I get involved?

Please contact Hannah Selby by email if you would like to ask any questions or discuss being involved in the research. Her email is: h.selby@brighton.ac.uk

Please read the attached Information Sheet for more information about this study.