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Mental Health and Ageing Survey

Do you want to help improve future mental health services?

Are you?

  • Aged 55 years or older
  • Currently using mental health services
  • Able to give 30 – 40 minutes of your time to complete a survey

If this describes you, the EleMent research team invites you to consider joining our research study.

Please note that the definition of a mental health service user is wide ranging; from using community mental health services, to seeing a counselor or seeing a GP for mental health.

Background Information

The aim of this research is to better understand the changing needs of people who use mental health services as they grow older.

You may find that you benefit from participating in our research, because you are able to reflect on your own experiences. You will also be contributing to the ongoing development and improvement of mental health services.

This study has received ethical approval from Central Health and Disability Ethics Committee, and was designed by research staff at the University of Otago.

What data or information will be collected and what use will be made of it?

The survey is anonymous. Information that you share with us will be stored securely and only the study researchers will have access to it. The results of the project may be published but every attempt will be made to preserve your anonymity.

What does the study involve?

The study involves filling in a survey, which will take around 30 – 40 minutes.

Please note:

  • You do not have to answer every question
  • You do not need to complete the survey all at once
  • You may withdraw from the survey at any time

How do I complete the survey?

There are two options: a paper version or an online version. Please choose one option only.

If you choose to fill in the survey online, please use the link below.

Join the survey online

Otherwise, please email or phone us to request a printed survey (with free return postage).
Tel +64 4 806 1637

Project team members

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Ruth Cunningham

Senior Research Fellow

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Debbie Peterson

Senior Research Fellow

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Abigail Freeland

Assistant Research Fellow

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Adam Sims


Contact EleMent research team

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Tel +64 4 806 1637