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Mental Health Tracker

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Do you wonder if your mental health fluctuates with the seasons or is affected by a new routine or treatment regimen like light therapy, mindfulness, or a new medication?
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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We all have some days that are better than others. 

Maybe it really just is the weather, or maybe it’s the new practice you’ve recently started or are about to start (nice work). By quantifying and tracking your mood in the same consistent way, you will have data points that could elucidate whether or not a new routine or treatment is having the desired effect on your affect. 

Powered by the Quantified Citizen mobile health research app, our Mental Health Tracker is an on-going study to help you follow shifts in your mood over time, and record changes. It uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative objective methods measured with the QC mobile app to explore alterations to mental health over a period of your life.

Participants will complete some of the world’s most validated assessments of mood and well-being every month. By answering surveys about depression, anxiety, stress, well-being, affect, satisfaction with life, mindfulness, and impactful life events, you will be able to see for yourself, in a quantifiable way, how your mental health fluxuates.

 

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.

Read our Privacy Policy here.

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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 their current state of mental health and well-being and how that may vary over time.

 

What will I be asked to do?

→ You will be asked to fill out a brief demographic survey and a set of basic (mandatory) and optional mental health assessments on at least one occasion to use as a baseline. This is, however, a recurring study, meaning that the assessments will be available monthly for a new round of completions. 

→ Lastly, you will have the option to connect your mobile/wearable device data with the study to be linked with your other reports.

 

If I want to stay enrolled in the study, do I have to fill out all of the assessments every month?

→ No. Each participant is welcome to fill in as many assessments, as often as they wish. You may choose to re-do the assessments every month, or skip some of them until later notice. You will stay enrolled in the study for as long as you want, meaning that you will need to actively quit the study if you wish to stop the survey presentations. 

 

Do I need to share my activity or wearables data to be able to participate in this study?

→ Not at all. Sharing your data on sleep, activity levels, meditation minutes, etc. is completely optional. You might choose not to do so and still be able to enrol and receive feedback on your scores. 

 

How will I benefit?

Within 4 months from the date of your enrolment, you will be provided with a feedback on your raw scores for the completed measures. This will allow you to follow the changes in your health over time. From this point you will receive an updated summary report of your scores each month. 

→ If you decide to share with us any additional data (wearables, life events, etc.), you will receive a visual pattern of correlations between the mental health metrics and the additional measures, e.g., an association on how your mood is related to your activity levels over time. Those visualizations will be available 4 months after your enrolment in the study. 

→ You will also have the option to share the data on any of the measures with anyone you want. For instance, you might choose to make the data available to your doctor, which will allow for a better understanding of your (mental) health and the changes that have occurred over time.

 

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.