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Introduction

We are keen to learn about your sleep from your perspective as a person with lived experience of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), specifically whether there are particular features of sleep that you think may be associated with BPD. To help answer this question, we will also ask you about any other mental health diagnoses you may have received, as well as medical diagnoses including sleep disorders.

To better understand how you manage your sleep, we will ask you about any treatments and medications you have tried, as well as which medications you are currently taking (as some can have effects on sleep). With your help, we are hoping to better understand how sleep is experienced by people with BPD.

We anticipate the questionnaire will take you around 15-25 minutes to complete. Please answer the questions as best as you can. Apart from questions which determine your eligibility to participate in the study, you are welcome to skip questions that you do not wish to answer. Commencing the survey lets us know that you consent to take part in this research project. If you need to take a break while completing the survey, you can pause and resume at a later time if you keep the link open.

Whilst we don’t anticipate that your participation in this study will cause distress, reflecting on questions about your mental health and sleep may make you feel uncomfortable or cause distressing emotions/thoughts. If you experience distress at any point in the survey, you may find it beneficial to contact a person or support service that you trust, such as family, friend, your GP or therapist. Support is also available via the Suicide Call Back Service (available 24/7 on 1300 659 467) or Lifeline (13 11 14). If you would like to speak to someone at Spectrum during business hours for support in relation to this study, you can call 03 8413 8750.

We will also ask you questions about drug and alcohol use. If you have any questions or discomfort while reflecting on these topics, you may find it beneficial to contact the National Alcohol and Other Drugs Hotline, available 24/7 on 1800 250 015. This service is free and offers confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs, including support, information, counselling and referral to services.

This research project is being conducted by Spectrum Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma Service. It has received approval from the Eastern Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). If you have any concerns or complaints about the research, you can contact the Eastern Health Human Research and Ethics Committee (Chair) at +613 9895 3398 (Telephone) or ethics@easternhealth.org.au

If you have any questions related to the purpose or carrying out of this study, please contact the lead researcher, A/Prof Jillian Broadbear, at +613 8413 8750 or email the investigators at spectrum.research@easternhealth.org.au
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