Hello, I am an Msc student conducting a piece of research examining sex differences in depression from an evolutionary perspective at The University of Central Lancashire England under the supervision of Dr. Gayle Brewer. For this study, I am conducting telephone interviews with people who are currently suffering from depression to find out more information about the effects that depression has on peoples’ lives and whether this varies by gender. Due to the nature of this research, you may feel distressed by the questions asked. If you feel that participating would be too distressing, please do not participate, as I am not a qualified clinician and would not be able to provide you with direct support. After the interview, I will provide you with some external support contact details if you feel like you need some support (these are also included at the end of this text).

If you would like to participate in the study please contact me on the email address provided below. Once you have emailed me, I can provide you with more information. If you do want to participate, I would need to ask you for your telephone number and which times will be best for me to contact you. Please do this via email and NOT on this forum. Once I have received your email I will code your details as participant A (for example) and your email address, telephone number, and save this as a document on my computer that is password protected. I will then delete your email.
During the interview you can withdraw from the interview by saying that you do not want to continue and everything you have said will be erased. You may withdraw up to the time we finish the interview as after this time I will be unable to judge which interview was yours as I will not ask for your name. Also, if you do not want to answer a question, or would like a break you can do so at any time. Also, all of your responses will be kept confidential, the only people who will hear this interview are myself, my tutor and examiners. The interview recording will be deleted as soon as it has been transcribed. Should the research be published, it is possible that some of your responses will appear in the published article in quotation marks. However, none of the transcribed data will include names or personal information that would make you identifiable to others to ensure that confidentiality is maintained. Other than this, the only time that confidentiality will be broken is if you disclose the intention to harm yourself or others. If this occurs, police authorities will be contacted. Again, it is important for you to know that participation in this interview is voluntary.
If at any point I receive an email after I have finished collecting data, I will email you to inform you of this. If you would like more information do not hesitate to contact me or my supervisor using the contact details below.
Nicola Ann Olive
MSc Psychological Research Methods Student

Research Supervisor
Dr. Gayle Brewer
University of Central Lancashire
School of Psychology
Darwin Building
Preston, PR1 2HE
01772 895173

External Support agencies

If you feel that you may be depressed or are in need of some support, below you will find several agencies specifically organised to help people suffering from depression and periods of low mood.

SupportLine Telephone Helpline: 01708 765200 (Helpline), email info@supportline.org.uk -

Provides a comprehensive list of support agencies. The website offers help, advice and information on depression. Can be contacted for free confidential advice and contact details for local counsellors.

Aware Defeat Depression: 08451 202961, email help@aware-ni.org -

Offers support and information about depression.

The Mental Health Foundation: 020 7803 1100, www.mhf.org.uk

Offers internet based information about depression.

Premier Lifeline: 08456 525252, email lifeline@premier.org.uk, www.premier.org.uk/lifeline

Samaritans:0845 790 90 90, email jo@samaritans.org, www.samaritans.org.

Stress Anxiety Depression - Confidential Helpline: 01622 717656

Offers advice, relaxation and self help techniques.

Also, for more help and advice you could consult your GP who will be able to direct you to the best possible source of help and support.