University of Bath

Take part in new research to help us learn more about mental health disclosure

Many initiatives encourage us to talk openly about mental health challenges. Through this study we want to know more about why this is often hard to do.

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Take part in our latest psychology study all about mental health disclosure.

What we're doing

Some research suggests that being able to tell others about your mental health diagnosis can be good for your wellbeing, but it can be difficult to do. We are trying to understand more about this in order to help more people in the future.

One thing that might make disclosure more difficult is stigma, and in particular the way we think others think about us. For this study we are exploring the effects of mental health stereotypes, and the stigma of disclosure, to help us understand what impacts on self-disclosure. Our findings will be important to help guide interventions to support people making their own decisions about disclosing, and may also be a small step towards greater social change around mental health.

Take part

To be eligible to take part in this study you must :

  • be aged over 18
  • have a mental health diagnosis
  • have basic proficiency in spoken English

For this study, we regret we are unable to accept those who have been diagnosed with development disorders or organic impairments.

What’s involved

You will need to travel to the University campus to take part.

Your visit will involve a meeting with one of our research team lasting approximately 30 minutes. You'll be asked to think about telling someone about your mental health - either someone with positive or negative attitudes towards mental health. Afterwards you'll also be asked to complete some questionnaires about how this has made you feel.

At the end we will give you more information about the study and an opportunity to ask further questions.

Email Mia to take part mia-research@bath.ac.uk

What you'll get

All participants will receive a £5 gift voucher as a thank you for taking part. You will also be offered a optional mindfulness exercise, if you feel you would benefit from this.

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More about the study

Lorna Hogg explained: "We live in a society where we are told that we should be more open about mental health, and campaigns such as 'Time to Change' are at the forefront of such societal change. But we know that it is not always easy to talk about mental health, and more needs to be done to open up the conversation on an individual level. Here we want to learn more about stereotypes and mental health and the impact of these on influencing how or whether individuals disclose.”

Mia Foxhall who is leading the research added: "Participants in this study will help develop our understanding of stereotypes and their role in mental health-disclosure to help support interventions in the future. We hope this can be both beneficial to individuals taking part and also help us bring about wider change in relation to mental health disclosure."