Information and Consent

My Voice Matters National Consultation on Mental Health Services

Please read the following information below before deciding on whether to participate in the survey.

What is this research for?

My Voice Matters is a national consultation that will gather feedback through two surveys, one for people who use mental health services and one for their family members, friends and carers. The surveys will look at three main issues:

•      What services are available

•      Experience of services provided

•      How services could be improved

This information will help Mental Health Reform identify gaps in the mental health health services and, in turn, campaign for improvements in these areas.

The survey is focused on people who have used mental health services within the last two years so that MHR can gather up-to-date information on the services based on people’s most recent experiences.

This survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Who is Mental Health Reform (MHR)?

Mental Health Reform is the national coalition driving reform of Ireland’s mental health services and the social inclusion of people with mental health difficulties. Our vision is of an Ireland where people with mental health difficulties can recover their wellbeing and live a full life in the community. With 62 member organisations and 15,000 individual supporters, MHR provides an independent, coordinated voice to Government, its agencies, the Oireachtas and the general public on mental health issues. This research is being funded by the HSE but the HSE will have no editorial control over the findings or final report.

Where does the information go?

•    No names or contact information will be collected and therefore you cannot be identified

•    All information collected is confidential and will be stored securely

•    Your answers will be archived - again you cannot be identified through this process

•    Your answers will be collated and analysed for inclusion in a Mental Health Reform report that will be published

Where can I get further information?

If you need any further information, would like clarification on any of the above, or would like to be kept informed about the survey, you can contact Oscar James, Research Assistant at 01-874-9468. You can also find out more about Mental Health Reform by going to our website at https://www. mentalhealthreform.ie.

If you would like support to fill in the survey, contact Oscar James at 01-874-9468.

Consent

Your participation is entirely voluntary. It is your decision whether you would like to take part or not.

1.            I confirm I have read the information about this national consultation and have had the appropriate information and contact information to ask questions.

2.            I understand my participation is voluntary and I have the right to withdraw at any time. I accept that once the survey is completed, I cannot withdraw due to the anonymous nature of the survey.

3.            I have the right to confidentiality. All information obtained is strictly confidential and is stored securely at the offices of Mental Health Reform and on a secure cloud server.

4.            I understand that once the study is over, the data will be archived in the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA), and used in future research.

5.            I have the right to be kept informed about the progress of the project and to be provided with a copy of the final report.

If you have any questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact menta

* 1. Please tick the box to indicate your consent to participate in the research. If you do not consent, please do not complete the survey.

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