Social inclusion and serious mental ill-health

Social inclusion and serious mental ill-health

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WHAT IS THE PROJECT

In this study we’re researching social inclusion. Social inclusion means having opportunities to participate in social activities that we like and feeling good about the opportunities that are available to us.

Evidence suggests social inclusion can affect a person’s mental health and be affected by a person’s mental health. Sometimes people who have experienced mental ill-health such as psychosis, can have difficulty noticing and processing social prompts in the environment. This can affect their ability to carry out daily activities.

We want to better understand how difficulties in social thinking skills may affect social inclusion in both early and late stages of psychosis and in those without lived experience of serious mental ill-health.
 

What does participation involve?

This research project involves two components:

  1. If you’re chosen as a participant, you’ll be asked to complete a survey that asks about different areas of social life (e.g. work, study, friends). The survey takes up to 45 minutes to complete and can be done in your own time, either online or with pen and paper. You can also complete it in person with a member of the research team. As reimbursement for your contribution to this part of the project you’ll receive $20.
  2. You’ll be invited to participate in an interview with someone from the research team. This interview can either be completed in-person or online using a video conferencing platform like Zoom or Telehealth. The interview will involve completing some thinking tasks and answering some questions about mental health and will take about two hours. You’ll be reimbursed an additional $40 for your time and costs associated with participating in this part of the study.

important information

If you’re aged between 15 and 17 and would like to participate we’ll ask you to provide an email address for a parent or guardian so that they can give consent for you to take part in the study.

contact information

This study is being run by Orygen, The Centre for Youth Mental Health and The University of Melbourne.

For further information about the study or to participate please email Sean Murrihy at [email protected] or call on 0432 043 124.