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LGBTIreland Wellbeing Survey
17 Jun 2014
For more information, please visit: www.lgbtireland.net
LGBTIreland: Examining the mental health and wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) people in Ireland and attitudes towards LGBTI people
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY?
This study aims to examine the mental health and wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) people in Ireland and investigate attitudes towards LGBTI people. The findings from this study will be used to improve services and to make recommendations for how to best address the identified mental health needs of LGBTI people in Ireland.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS STUDY?
The findings from the Supporting LGBT Lives (Mayock et al. 2009) study on LGBT mental health are now five years old. This study aims to gather current information about LGBTI mental health in Ireland. It will also examine if any of the legal and social changes that have occurred over the past 5 years have impacted on the lives of LGBTI people. This study will also examine attitudes towards LGBTI people in Ireland as no study exists on attitudes in the Irish population towards LGBTI people. The findings will help inform ways of addressing LGBTI mental health issues because they will be based on an up-to-date picture of LGBTI issues within Irish society.
WHO IS ORGANISING AND FUNDING THIS RESEARCH?
This study is organised by a research team in Trinity College Dublin, commissioned by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and BeLonGTo, and funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP).
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
You can participate in the survey if you are 14 years of age or over, living in the Republic of Ireland, and identify as LGBTI.
WHY HAVE I BEEN CHOSEN?
You have been given this information as you clicked on a link on a website or email that directed you here.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I VOLUNTEER?
Your participation is entirely your choice. If you decide to take part at first, you can always change your mind without difficulty. Taking part will involve completing a survey about your mental health and wellbeing. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. There are no right or wrong answers. Completion and submission of this survey is taken as consent.
If you are interested in doing an interview with us, please fill in the form at the end of the survey.
ARE THERE ANY BENEFITS INVOLVED?
You will not benefit directly from taking part in this study. The information we gather may help to improve services in Ireland in the future.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS INVOLVED?
The survey is about people's experiences of discrimination, mental and emotional wellbeing. It includes questions on anxiety, depression, self-harm, and substance misuse. If you think responding to these questions will cause upset, you may choose not to participate in the survey. If you decide not to participate, you can still access the information on support services by clicking on 'LGBT Support' on the LGBTIreland.net website.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT AGREE TO PARTICIPATE?
There is no penalty for not participating in this study.
Your identity will remain private or confidential. A study number will identify your survey. If you choose to take part in the interview, your name will not be reported and will not be told to anyone outside of the study group. A study number will also identify your interview. The anonymised data from this study may be used in future studies without the need for additional consent.
This study is covered by standard insurance. It should not cost you anything to participate in this study and you will not be paid for taking part.
HAS THIS STUDY BEEN REVIEWED BY AN ETHICS COMMITTEE?
The Trinity College Dublin Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee have reviewed and approved this study.