Useful FAQs

Below are answers to some common questions. If your question isn't answered, please click here for our contact details.

General

This study is being done by researchers at King’s College London in partnership with the charity YoungMinds. You can find out more about our research team here. You can find out more about YoungMinds from their website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Many young people use social media (for example, Instagram) and have a smartphone. Although this technology is useful, there is concern about its effect on mental health and wellbeing. We want to understand how social media and smartphone use are associated with changes in mental health and wellbeing in young people. This information will help us learn when and what type of support would be useful for young people who are experiencing difficulties.

We are inviting young people aged 13-25 years old who have been seen at a mental health service in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Everyone is different which is why it’s important for us to involve young people with a range of experiences to ensure our study best represents everyone.

You don’t have to take part if you don’t want to, it is up to you. Just let us know.

We are collecting the following types of information from young people who agree to take part in this study:

  • mental health and wellbeing
  • use of a smartphone
  • use of social media
  • relevant information from health records

If you received a text inviting you to take part, please follow the link in that text to complete a consent form. You will need to complete a consent form to confirm you want to take part. You can then follow the steps to join the study.

If you are having any difficulties with accessing the link or joining the study, please contact us for assistance.

Yes, your data will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We will report the results in a way that no-one can work out that you took part in this study.

You can read more about how we will manage your data here.

If you do decide to take part, you can change your mind at any time during the study without giving a reason. Just let us know. Stopping taking part will not affect you in any way.

You may find it helpful to anonymously disclose your experiences and feelings. You may like taking part in this important study that will help us understand how to help other young people in the future. At the end of the study, we will send you a certificate of participation as a thank you for your contribution to this research.

There may be some questions that you find difficult or upsetting. If you are not comfortable answering any of the questions, you can skip them and move on. You can also take a break and come back to it or stop completing it if you want to.

Please be aware, we are not able to offer you any medical advice or treatment. We will not be analysing the information collected in this study until we have finished so if you need support with any of the issues raised, please click here for details of organisations that may be able to help.

When the study is finished, a summary of the results will be available on the website.

Vouchers

You will be sent a £10 Love2Shop voucher code as a thank you when you start taking part in the study and a £5 Love2Shop voucher code as a thank you for every month that you continue to take part. At the end of the study, you will get an additional £10 Love2Shop voucher if you have provided your social media data at 6 months. We will also send you a Certificate of Participation as a thank you for your contribution to this research.

To spend your Love2Shop voucher code, please click on this link:


https://www.love2shoprewards.co.uk/login.php


Enter your voucher code into the box provided and click “Enter”


You then select how you want to spend your Reward Code value.


Click on the brand you want and decide whether you want to receive a gift card delivered to your home address, or a retailer digital code which will be delivered to you by email or text message.


If you need further information or help, please contact Love2Shop using this link: https://www.love2shopdigital.co.uk/hsv-contact.php

Please click on this link to see where you can use your Love2shop voucher code(s): https://www.love2shopdigital.co.uk/hsv-where-to-spend.php

Please check the text or email that you received with the code for the expiry date information.

Current Participants

We are now offering a £10 Love2Shop voucher code as a thank you when you start taking part in the study and a £5 Love2Shop voucher code as a thank you for every month that you continue to take part. At the end of the study, you will get an additional £10 Love2Shop voucher if you have provided your social media data at 6 months. Also, if you completed your first questionnaire in October 2021 or later, you will take part in the study for 6 months instead of 12 months. If you starting taking part in the study before October you will take part in the study for 12 months. There aren’t any other changes with taking part in the study since you joined.

Yes, you will be sent a text (and an email if we have your email address) with a link to the new participant information sheet and the Love2Shop voucher e-code(s) for your participation so far. You will then be sent a text (and an email if we have your email address) with a Love2Shop voucher e-code every month that you continue to take part.

Participant Information Sheets

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information about the study, please contact us by email at [email protected] or call 07775 247 753.