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Help with our research into trauma

About the study

We are trying to understand more about trauma, experienced as a child and in adulthood, and its impact on mental health. Our long-term aim to help improve diagnosis, treatment and support for those who have experienced traumatic events.

Taking part

If you decide to take part, we will ask you to provide us with some basic information about yourself, your experiences of trauma, as a child and in adulthood, and your mental health, in order to help answer important research questions.

Answering questions about traumatic experiences in your past could cause you some distress.

There is no obligation to take part and you do not need to answer any questions that you find upsetting.

We also want to identify people who would be willing to be approached about taking part in future mental health research projects.

What will I have to do?

Taking part is voluntary: it’s up to you to choose if you want to sign up.

If you join us, you’ll be asked whether you would be willing to:

  1. Provide us with your contact details (e.g. address, email address and phone number) and some personal information (e.g. date of birth, ethnic group and employment status).
  2. Answer some questions about your experiences of trauma (as a child and in adulthood) and your mental health. This will take approximately 10-15 minutes.
  3. Allow us to contact you in the future about other studies that you may want to take part in. There will be no obligation for you to take part in these future opportunities.
  4. Allow us to contact you every 6-12 months, to invite you to provide more information about your mental and physical health and your lifestyle.
  5. Allow us to share anonymous information with other researchers if they have scientific and ethical approval for the questions that they would like to answer.

We will use your answers to improve our understanding of trauma and mental health.


Some people find it difficult or upsetting to answer questions about their past and unpleasant experiences they have had. Usually, any upset does not last very long. If you do get upset you can take a break or stop answering the questions altogether. Please visit our support page for information on organisations that you can call if you need some support.

Once you have joined, you can choose if you want to take part in any of the questionnaires, studies, or events that we tell you about when we get in touch with you.

Frequently asked questions

To take part, please visit our online questionnaire platform.


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