The aim of this survey is to gain information that can be used to improve NHS psychological services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer (LGBQ+) people. We want to find out about LGBQ+ adults' experiences of being referred to or receiving NHS care for mild to moderate psychological difficulties (e.g. depression, anxiety, stress or other problems). The help you were offered might have been a computerised programme, support to use a self-help book, a group or one-to-one counselling / therapy. Often this is provided by a counsellor / therapist at a GP surgery or at an “IAPT” service. IAPT stands for “Improving Access to Psychological Therapies”. We also need to hear from people who were referred but did not receive any treatment, or who decided not to continue with treatment.

This survey is not about experiences of treatment received for more serious mental health problems such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or anorexia nervosa. These problems are usually treated in ‘secondary’ care services such as community mental health teams.

Note, we use the term LGBQ+ for its recognisability, however we acknowledge that there are other minority sexual identities not explicitly represented by that term (for example pansexual, asexual, mostly heterosexual) and we welcome your participation in this survey. This survey is also suitable for people who identify as heterosexual but who experience same-sex attractions. 

Do I have to take part?

Taking part in this study is optional. If you change your mind after starting the survey, you can stop at any time by closing the web browser, in which case your data will not be used. As this survey is anonymous, it is not possible to withdraw your data once it has been submitted online.

What will happen to me if I take part?

Taking part involves completing an online survey. You will be asked to complete questions about your experiences of being referred for help for a psychological problem, as well as personal characteristics like your age.

What are the possible benefits and risks of taking part?

Thinking about these issues may be upsetting.  Relevant sources of support are provided at the end of the survey. You can also choose to stop doing the survey if you are feeling upset.

Completing the survey is not likely to provide any direct benefit to you as an individual. We hope that the information gained will be used to improve the care provided to LGBQ+ people seeking psychological support or therapy.

Will my taking part be kept confidential?

This survey is anonymous. Only the research team will have access to the data, which will be treated in the strictest confidence.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of this study will be written up in the form of a dissertation by a university student and research assistant. The findings will also be written up for publication in a scientific journal. They may be presented at a scientific conference.

Who should I contact for further information?

If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please contact the lead researcher:  Dr Katharine Rimes,; Dept. of Psychology, Henry Wellcome Building, De Crespigny Park, London SE6 8AF. Telephone 0207 848 0033.

What if I have further questions, or if something goes wrong?

If this study has harmed you in any way or if you wish to make a complaint about the conduct of the study you can contact King's College London using the details below for further advice and information: The Chair, Joint Schools Research Ethics Sub-Committee for the Institute of Psychiatry and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery (PNM RESC).

Thank you for reading this information and for considering taking part in this research.