Thank you for your interest in this research. This page gives you details about what the workshop will be like and how the study findings will be used.
Please take time to read this page carefully to decide whether or not you would like to take part. Feel free to talk to others about the study, if you wish. Please ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.
Want to take part?
What is this research about?
The aim of this study is to understand more about whether peer support could help someone to reduce or stop self-harming.
If I decide to take part in a workshop, what will happen next?
You will be contacted by a researcher working for Samaritans. They will ask you to confirm that you still want to go ahead and take part in the study. If you do want to continue, you will be asked to complete a written consent form and invited to a workshop at a pre-arranged time. The workshop will take place on a video conferencing platform (e.g. zoom).
Do I have to take part?
No. Participation in this research is completely voluntary. Even if you do decide to take part, you can change your mind and withdraw any time before the workshop by texting, emailing or calling the researcher with a unique participant number you will be given when you agree to take part in a workshop. For example, you can email or text “Withdraw from study [NUMBER]”. This means you do not have to give any explanation for your withdrawal. After the workshop has taken place, participants will still be able to withdraw their contribution from the research using the same method until one week after your workshop is conducted, when our analysis of the workshop begins. If you do withdraw from the research, there will be no negative consequences; your use of Samaritans’ services will not be affected; any information that you have already provided will be destroyed; and you will not be contacted again in connection with this study.
What will the workshop be like?
Workshops will last no longer than 1.5 hours and take place over a video conferencing platform. The workshops will be recorded using the in-software recording function which will record both audio and video, so we can refer back to the data. We will explain this at the beginning of the sessions. If you aren’t comfortable with having video recorded, we can just record audio the session. It will not be possible to anonymise any video or audio that is recorded, but any data extracted from the recording will be anonymised and non-identifiable.
We will ensure confidentiality by following recommended security procedures: enabling a waiting room, ensuring the session is password protected, sharing the session ID only with the participant, and ‘locking’ the room once the participant has joined to prevent other uninvited people joining. You can use a virtual background on the video call or join the video call with audio only if you wish.
At the start of the workshop, the researcher will answer any questions you have about the study and check that you are happy to continue. If you are happy, you will be asked to give your consent for the workshop to start.
Once you have given your consent you will undertake a range of activities with other participants, which will explore topics related to self-harm. Some general themes we will cover are:
- What is helpful in managing self-harm?
- What is appealing or not appealing about peer support?
- Could peer support help people manage self-harm and how?
- When might peer support be unhelpful?
- How could peer support fit in with peoples life, or other support they might be receiving?
Will I be identified or identifiable if I take part?
No. You will not be identified or identifiable in any results, report, publication or case studies that come from this research. We will not use your name or identify you when we write about the research. We will use quotes in the report and produce case study stories, ensuring that any identifying details are removed. We will not report anything that you have said unless you say something that indicates that you or others are at significant risk of harm. In this instance, we may have a duty of care to talk to Samaritans internal staff and seek advice, but we would not do so without discussing this with you first. All the information you give us will be stored securely by Samaritans and only accessed by the research team – it will not be shared with anyone else. Any personal data is deleted 1 month after project completion, and anonymous data kept for no more than 5 years.
What are the possible risks of taking part?
Previous research suggests that the majority of people who take part in a study such as this do not experience any negative outcomes as a result of their participation. Nevertheless, it is possible that you may find that the research workshop causes a temporary increase in feelings of distress. The researcher who will contact you has been trained to look out for any signs that you are in discomfort because of the questions you have been asked. If necessary, the researcher will offer you the chance to leave the workshop and/or talk to a Samaritans volunteer for support. If the researcher has concerns that you may be an immediate risk to yourself or others, then they may have a duty of care to seek help and support, but they will always discuss this with you first.
Are there any possible benefits?
We hope that you will find participating in this study interesting and that you may feel positive about contributing to a project that aims to raise awareness of these issues. We’re offering participants a small payment as a token of our appreciation for taking part, in the form of either bank transfer or digital voucher.
What support will I get if I do take part?
All workshop participants will be offered post-workshop support from a Samaritans listening volunteer. You do not have to accept this offer. If you use Samaritans’ services, you can use them when needed as before. You will also be provided with a list of support available from other organisations before and after the workshop.
What will happen to the research findings?
Any notes, recordings or transcriptions from the workshop will be stored securely and only viewed by Samaritans research team and Lived Experience Advisors. All the information you give us will be stored securely by Samaritans and kept strictly confidential to the research team. Once we have completed our study, we will produce a report including the workshop data and anonymised quotes from participants, as well as other outputs such as website content and blogs.
Who is organising and funding this study?
The study is organised by the research team based at Samaritans, and the lead researchers on the project are Ellie Ball and Mette Isaksen. This project is funded by Samaritans.
What if I want to complain?
If you have any concerns about any aspect of the way you have been approached or treated during the course of this study, you should contact:
Liz Scowcroft, Head of Research and Evaluation, Samaritans.
Telephone: 020 8394 8330
Email: [email protected]
Who do I contact if I have any questions about my involvement or would like to withdraw from the research?
Contact the researchers directly:
Ellie Ball, Research Officer, Samaritans.
Mette Isaksen, Senior Research & Evidence Manager, Samaritans.
Email: [email protected]