Participants & professionals required for 2 studies on Men’s Anxiety &Mental Health

Two post-graduate students at Leeds Beckett University are carrying out separate research projects into men’s mental health, and are seeking participants.

Please contact the relevant researcher for more information or to take part:

1. Men seeking help for their mental health

A MSc student is looking into how men get help around mental health. She is particularly interested in talking to workers and practitioners who support men with mental health needs.

Research topic: What existing support is there offering early interventions to assist working age men in seeking help for their mental health?

Rationale for the study: Understanding the behaviours that affect men’s health in regard to seeking help for their well-being and implementing appropriate interventions to meet their needs. Men’s mental health is of growing concern in the UK and other countries. Recent figures show that in England and Wales 78 % of all suicides were male, and suicide is now the main cause of death in working aged men (Smith and Robertson, 2008).

Method: Semi-structured one-to-one interviews with practitioners which is specifically aimed to find out what help is there in supporting working age men around mental health with early intervention before problems get worse. The interviews might take 30-45 minutes and will be digitally recorded under conditions of confidentiality.

Study population: The research population for this study is working age men between the ages of 25-65 years old.

Study inclusion:  Participants must be English speaking and should be professionals offering help to men around their mental health.

The settings within which the interventions take place are also crucial to this research in creating a safe space for men. The settings need to be ‘male friendly’ and culturally sensitive to the specific needs of different groups of men. The research will also cover issues of how different aspects of social context and different underlying mechanisms influence/prevent working age men from seeking help.

If your organisation is willing to assist with this request for interviews, please contact Sarah Mkandawire on d.mkandawire8529@student.leedsbeckett.ac.uk

2. An analysis of how anxiety is experienced and managed in everyday life

A PhD student is conducting a study of how men experience and manage feelings of anxiety in their everyday lives and is interested in talking to men who have experienced, but not received a diagnosis of anxiety.

What will it entail?
The researcher will meet with you to talk with you about your experiences of anxiety at a day and time convenient to you. This talk will not last longer than 90 minutes and will be carried out at Leeds Beckett University city campus. It may be possible to talk with you at your place of work or via Skype if it is more convenient for you.

What about confidentiality?
The talk would be recorded so the researcher doesn’t have to take notes while you are talking and this would then be transcribed. Any personal information you provide, such as your name or other identifying details, would be changed when transcribed to protect your identity. You will be able to look at the transcript and ask for anything you have said to be removed if you are not happy with it. The transcript would be securely stored and only the researcher and her supervisors would have access to it.

How will this information be used?
What you and other people say about your experiences with anxiety will be used in the final PhD thesis. It may also be used for future publications and conference presentations

What happens next?
If you think you might like to take part, please let the researcher know by contacting them on h.luck4378@student.leedsbeckett.ac.uk

The researcher will send you further information about the work. You are not committing yourself to take part by being put in touch with them and can change your mind after speaking with them.

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