Introduction

What is the survey about?
We want to find out what people between 11-25 years do to help themselves when they are challenged by anxiety or depression.

Why are we doing this survey?
There is a lot of research into different forms of talking therapies and medication for anxiety and depression in young people but much less on the approaches young people themselves use . Your answers will help us prioritize future research and development to improve the lives of those with depression and anxiety.

Should I complete this survey?
If your child has felt anxious or depressed between the ages of 11 - 25 you can complete this survey.  
Your child doesn't need to have had a diagnosed mental health problem, but if they have we are especially keen to hear your views.

What does it involve?
We have identified 85 ways that research has suggested young people might use to help themselves when feel anxious or depressed
For each of these we want to know from you if:
a) your child has used this approach when they felt anxious or depressed, and you would recommend this to others
b) our child has used this approach when they felt anxious or depressed, and you would NOT recommend this to others
c) your child has not used this approach

We have divided these approaches to managing mental health into five categories:
1. Hobbies & activities
2. Relaxation
3. Thinking & attitudes
4. Talking, learning & technology
5. Healthy living & physical health
There are 14 - 21 different approaches in each category. 

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey you will be asked a few open ended questions about your priorities for research in this area and a bit more about the things that you have found help

Is this survey anonymous?
Yes. The survey is anonymous but we will ask you a few questions about you and your child, for example how you identify in terms of gender and ethnicity, the broad area you live in, and if your child has been diagnosed with a mental health issue, so that we can see if these factors make a difference in what sort of strategies people use.

What will we do with the findings from this survey?
We will share the findings of this survey through our websites and publications, and we will aim to publish a paper based on what we find in an academic journal.

Thank you. If you have any questions please email network@annafreud.org

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