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Do you wonder how the pandemic has affected your mental health and relationships (anxiety levels, intimacy, social anxiety, you name it)? Curious how you stack up to other QC users? If so, this mini-study is for you (socially distanced of course).
Participants
Participants:
Recruiting
Time Commitment
Time Commitment:
10 minutes
Study Type
Study Type:
Observational
LED BY
Quantified Citizen
FUNDED BY
Quantified Citizen
Why We Are Doing This Study

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This study explores the impact of COVID-19 and the pandemic on various aspects of mental health and social relationships.

With this simple correlational study, we aim to examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives and relationships with others. To do so, we will ask you for a one-time completion of custom surveys, specially developed for the purpose of the present study and a set of standardized assessments related to mindfulness and mental health. 

This study is the first from a series dedicated to investigating the impact of COVID-19 on our lives. This means that the results of this study will generate hypotheses for future research around that topic. Your participation is a direct contribution to a growing body of innovative citizen-driven health research! 

Team

Sarah Paschall                

Sarah Paschall     

              

 

 

Maggie Kiraga                

Maggie Kiraga        

              

 

 

Sonia Brodie                

Sonia Brodie

              

 

 

Eesmyal Santos-Brault                

Eesmyal Santos-Brault

              

 

Consent

Inclusion criteria

  • the age of 18 or older
  • participants with full legal and mental capacity
  • access to a smartphone with internet (iOS or Android)

Exclusion criteria

  • lack of fluency in English
  • illiteracy
Privacy

We are committed to data privacy, including encryption, anonymity and transparent policies. Your personal information stays on your device. No sign up, no email, no Facebook connection required.

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Resources

Mental Health & Substance Use

 
  • Wellness Together Canada: Call 1-866-585-0445

This is a free, confidential, 24/7 hotline providing free mental health and substance use support. Their platform offers various services ranging from basic wellness information, to one-on-one sessions with a counselor, to participating in a community of support. Whatever it is you’re looking for, visit https://wellnesstogether.ca

These are 24-hour, free, support lines (via text medium) for people experiencing all kinds of crises, including suicidal thoughts. 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA): Call 800-273-TALK (8255)

This is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. For Spanish (Español), dial 1-888-628-9454.  You can also use the Lifeline Chat on the web https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline (USA): Call 800-662-HELP (4357)

This is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use challenges.

  • Fireside Project (USA): Call or text (3pm to 3am PST) 62-FIRESIDE > 623-473-7433

This is a peer support for those in the midst of psychedelic experiences, those sitting for others, and those integrating past psychedelic experiences. You can also access support via an app: https://firesideproject.org/app

  • Psychedelic Support Therapy

This an online directory of experienced providers, information about integration groups/circles, and online education in the psychedelic space, for more information, visit https://psychedelic.support

  • Organization of Psychedelic and Entheogenic Nurses

This organization represents nurses, at all levels of training, who work with patients utilizing therapeutic psychedelic medicines. They offer a list of clinical resources for those seeking integration and harm reduction, as well as psychedelic societies/communities, and professional organizations. If you want to learn more, visit https://openurses.org/clinical-resources.

FAQs

Who is this study for? 

→ Anyone who would like to learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health and relationships.

 

Do I need to have had COVID-19 to be able to participate?

→ No, we have all been impacted.

 

What will I be asked to do? 

→ You will be asked once to fill in a brief demographic survey, standardized personality and anxiety assessments. Additionally, we will ask you to complete custom questionnaires related to your experience and attitudes towards the pandemic: the COVID Sensibility Scale and Intimacy Questionnaire.

 

How will I benefit?

Within a maximum of 6 months from the date you signed up for the study, you will receive a link to a page with tailored feedback on your scores and a comparison of your results to others.

 

How will my privacy be protected?

→ All information obtained during the study will be entirely anonymous. You will never be asked to provide your real name, address, or date of birth. The Quantified Citizen app will not have access to any of your personal identifying information. You will get a unique, randomly generated username and your identity will remain anonymous. Please write down this username and keep it in a secure location. If for any reason you no longer have access to your QC account, and you do not remember your username, QC will not be able to regenerate your account. 

 

Who will have access to my data?

→ All of the data you enter into the Quantified Citizen app will be encrypted and stored on servers located in Canada. Only authorized QC staff can access server logs based on their role and a need-to-know basis in order to fulfill their duties. Anonymous data will be made accessible to all researchers involved with this study. The data may be accessible to other researchers in the future. 

 

Can I withdraw from the study? 

→ Your participation in this study is strictly voluntary. You may decline to enter or withdraw from the study at any time without any consequences or explanation. Should you choose to leave the study, you will be given the option to complete a final assessment and then be logged out of your account. No new data will be collected. Data that has already been collected will still be used in the study and cannot be deleted because it will already be anonymized and encrypted.