This is an opportunity to take part in a study about the potential of online mental health treatments.
This study is looking at older adult's mental health, and exploring the potential that online mental health treatments may have for treating older adults with mental health difficulties.
The overall aim is to evaluate the barriers older adults may have to accessing this type of therapy and suggest ways in which these can be overcome, as mental health in older adults is becoming an increasingly prevalent topic.
In order to participate in this study volunteers must:
After signing a consent form, volunteers will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to gather demographic information such as age and sex. Then volunteers will participate in an informal interview that will take place at Northumbria University or a location to suit you if you are unable to attend Northumbria University. The interview will be very casual and refreshments will be available. The interview will follow a semi-structured approach in order to cover a number of different topics and should last roughly 1 hour. The interview will cover the following topics:
Although these are the topics to be discussed, as previously mentioned the interview will take a semi-structured approach which means there is flexibility to discuss other topics of interest that may appear throughout the interview.
Interviews will take place at Northumbria University. However the lead researcher has gained ethical approval to travel to volunteers houses to conduct the interview if the volunteer is unable to travel to Northumbria University. This is to ensure that all volunteers who meet the inclusion criteria have an opportunity to participate in the study.
After volunteers have expressed an initial interest a time and day that suits them will be arranged with the researcher.
Participants will receive a £10 Amazon voucher for taking part in this study.