Let me tell you about Tiffany's initiative. She studies psychology in Calgary.
I promised her a while ago to share with you the fact that she is looking for spouses of veterans with PTSD ..and here I am a week after I said: " Count on me to share your study with my friends!".
It's not a bad thing after all, as I am able to reflect on my experience with her, as we talked about my -and our- reality and challenges as a caregiver of a veteran with PTSD. I really feel like I was asked the right questions about everything that has impacted the seeking-accessing and utilising of the mental health services over the past years. This is a fundamental aspect that requieres attention because many of us experience challenges of many kinds preventing us to get the help that we need.
Sometimes, it never was a problem: what you have to share about your experience is as equally important!
I highly appreciated her respectful and inclusive process. For instance, I will eventually receive my testemony and will be able to correct it as I wish; she will share the results (anonymously) among us, etc.. more than just "collecting datas": talking to her is very rewarding in many ways
Here's a great -and safe- opportunity for you to contribute to our cause. I invite you to contact her: she is an angel! Here's a copy and paste of her recruitment email..Contact her..and you are free to say "no" if you don't feel comfortable..
.. and thank you for speaking up! Your voice is **very** important!
Recruitment for Partners of Veterans Research
The following information has been sent on behalf of Tiffany Beks for her MSc in Counselling Psychology thesis research. The Werklund School of Education has no specific interest in this study. This study is not sponsored by the Werklund School of Education and is not related to the researcher’s practicum requirement. This research has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board.
My name is Tiffany Beks, and I am a Master’s student in the Werklund School of Education and Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. I am working on the current project for my thesis under the supervision of Dr. Sharon Cairns.
My study aims to explore the factors contributing to seeking, accessing, and utilizing mental health services among partners (spouses or cohabiting partners) of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Specifically, I am interested in partners’ experiences that helped or hindered their ability to seek, access, and use mental health services and how these experiences impacted their life. In addition, I am interested in learning about what would have been helpful to partners during times when access to services was hindered. Please note this study is not about veterans per se, or about veterans’ personal experiences.
I am seeking participation from males or females over the age of 18 who identify as a cohabiting partner or spouse of a veteran who has experienced combat-related PTSD. Partners must be cohabiting with the veteran for a minimum of 12 consecutive months. Veterans must have previously received treatment or are currently receiving treatment from a recognized mental health professional. Couples cannot currently be involved in a separation or divorce process at the time of the interview.
If you identify as a partner of a veteran with PTSD – based on the above definition, I would like to speak with you about your experiences with seeking, accessing, and utilizing mental health services and supports.
If you choose to participate, you will first be provided with an invitation package including detailed information about the study and a copy of the interview questions. If you express interest following this overview, you will be asked to undergo a brief screening questionnaire to confirm your eligibility for the study. You will then be invited to share your experiences related to mental health service access and utilization in an initial interview with myself, lasting approximately 60-90 minutes of your time. You will then be invited to participate in a second interview to review your interview transcript and make revisions as necessary. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and you may choose to withdraw at any time. Should you chose to withdraw before the interview is complete, you will be asked if data up until that point may be retained for analysis, and your decision will be honoured. You will also have the option of meeting with the primary researcher at the end of the study to review the overall findings of the research.
You are in no way obligated to respond to this message, or contact the researcher for participation.
If you are interested in participating in this study or you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Beks via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition, if you know anyone who may be eligible and interested in participating, please consider forwarding this email on. However, you have no obligation to do so.
Thank you for your consideration.
Tiffany Beks, MSc Counselling Psychology Student, University of Calgary, email@example.com