Mental health practitioners’ disclosure of their own mental health difficulties to service users: A mixed-methods study of the views and experiences of service users and practitioners

Kimberly Cooper, a Masters degree student in Social Work Practice at the University of York and mental health social worker based in a Community Mental Health Team, would like to invite you to take part in the above research project. Kimberly has a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate which checks the suitability of an individual to be employed within an organisation.

What is this research about?

The research aims to explore the views and experiences of mental health practitioners and service users in relation to mental health practitioners sharing their lived experience of mental health problems with service users. The experiences of both mental health practitioners and service users will be considered, such as thinking about the positives and negatives of a mental health practitioner sharing these experiences.

Who can take part?

In order to take part in the research, you must be aged over 18, be a mental health professional who has shared their own mental health difficulties with a service user, and be employed in a mental health service.

What does taking part involve?

You will be asked to take part in an online survey that should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. You will be asked to read a series of consent statements before beginning the survey. If you agree with the statements, the survey will open. Following the survey, there will be an opportunity to volunteer to take part in a follow-up telephone interview to discuss your views and experiences in more detail. This is optional. Interviews will last between 30 and 60 minutes and will take place at a time/date of your choice. It is absolutely fine to complete the survey and not take part in an interview. Only a small number of people will be interviewed for the study.

What are the benefits of taking part?

This research is positively contributing to a debate around sharing lived experience. There is also the option to enter a prize draw following completion of the survey to win a £20 Amazon gift card. For those that take part in a follow-up interview, there will be an opportunity to enter a separate prize draw for a £25 Amazon gift card.

If you volunteer and are selected for interview, you will be contacted via your email address and this contact information will be securely destroyed following the interview. Survey responses will be anonymised following the interview.

Are you a mental health professional who has disclosed your own mental health difficulties to a service user?
If so, please click the link below for more information: 

https://york.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6r6WVseE0Dy3Dtr

If you a service user (current or previous) who has experienced a mental health professional talking to you about their own mental health difficulties please click the link below for more information: 

https://york.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_38Dl0uzlfcyZyPb

If you have any concerns about this research please contact Kimberly’s academic supervisor, Dr Nicola Moran, at the University of York at nicola.moran@york.ac.uk or the ethics committee at spsw-ethics@york.ac.uk

Please read the attached Information Sheet for more information.