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About our COVID-19 Project

Are you a young adult aged 16+ years living in the UK?

We are inviting you to take part in an online research project to look at:

  • The impact of social distancing measures on different aspects of your life and the lives of other young adults.
  • How people are coping during this period, and what has been particularly difficult to deal with.

This information will help us to understand how we can best target support available on our website to you and other young adults. We can also share what we find with other organisations and community groups, to help them support young adults too.

Everyone who completes the online survey will be included in a monthly prize draw for a chance to win one of ten £10 vouchers.

The project is supported by the National Institute for Health Research Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and based at King’s College London.

Before you decide to take part, please read our project information sheet. 

If you decide to take part, you will complete our initial survey which will take about 15 mins, where you will be asked questions about you, your health and your lives since the pandemic.

  • After you complete the first survey, you will be sent a short survey every two weeks.
  • Surveys will cover different topics and take about 15 minutes to finish.
  • We will be asking you to fill in approximately 12 surveys in total.

The headings below follow Research Ethics Committee questions. These are formally worded. They are to provide everyone with as much information as possible about the research we are asking you to take part in.

 

Do I have to take part?

Taking part is entirely optional. If you decide to join our online research project, you are still free to withdraw your personal information (e-mail address) at any time and without giving a reason if you do not want to be re-contacted by our team.

All information collected will be securely stored. If you would like more information, please go to our Privacy Notice or Participant Information Sheet.  

Your anonymised data may be archived for use by other researchers in similar studies which we hope will aid future policies and improvements to health services that will help people in the community.

There are no major risks involved in taking part in this study. If you feel uncomfortable with any of the questions in the surveys, you do not have to answer them. You are free to withdraw your personal information (e-mail address) at any time and without giving a reason if you do not want to be re-contacted. You may also withdraw any information you provide us with in the surveys, within two weeks after completing the most recent survey sent to you. This can be done over the telephone; contact details of the research team can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

What does taking part in our HYPE_COVID-19 Project involve?

If you agree to take part, you will be asked to complete a consent form (to confirm you are agreeing to join the study) and then be asked to:

  • Fill in a series of short surveys every two weeks for a few months. These will be sent to the e-mail address you provide when you sign up below. Each survey will cover different topics relevant to the coronavirus outbreak. These topics will include physical and mental health, your employment or education circumstances, your relationships with family and others, your financial situation, how you are coping and any challenges you are experiencing. The surveys will take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete. We anticipate asking you to fill in about 12 surveys in total.
  • We will also ask your permission to contact you again, which may include to:
  • Invite you to be involved in and shape future research
  • Ask for your help to improve the HYPE platform
  • Share information with you and others about activities or events
  • Offer you and others information on how to find additional support.

 

What are the possible benefits and risks of taking part?

As with most research projects, there are no direct benefits from taking part in this study. However, we believe that by people joining this research study, they will help us to explore the needs of young people. We hope that the information you provide us with can help us to provide appropriate guided online resources to promote health and well-being.  Our resources will be revised based on the feedback from the surveys.

What will happen to the results of the study?

We will share key messages and findings through the HYPE Project website, the social media channel links below and via a regular HYPE Project newsletter (if you choose to receive updates). Results will also be shared through scientific publication, conferences, workshops, presentations and user/carer groups. When sharing results, no individual is identifiable – all the data will be collated together to summarise findings from everyone who took part

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