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Research into mothers’ decision making about medication for mental health

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MEDIA: Sara Holloway Tue 05-Feb-19 11:56:26

Dear Mumsnet members

I’m looking for participants for my doctoral research into mothers and their decision making around medication for mental health difficulties.

Are you, or is anyone you know, willing to take part in a one-off face to face interview?

The purpose of the study
Previous research has shown both that making decisions about taking medication for mental health can be a complex process, and that parenting while experiencing mental health difficulties can be challenging at times, but there has been no direct research into mothers' experiences of medication.

We are interested in talking to mothers about their decision making around taking medication, or deciding not to take it, and their sense of the relationship of this to their mothering. We hope to improve professionals’ understanding and care of mothers making these decisions.

Who can take part?
You are eligible to participate if:
•You are aged 18+
•You are currently or have previously been prescribed medication by professionals. This can include medication such as antidepressants prescribed by a GP for a short episode of low mood or anxiety, or medication such as anti-psychotics prescribed for more long term or severe mental health difficulties, for which the person perhaps required care from mental health services.
•You might have taken the medication concerned or you might have decided to stop taking it, or decided not to take it at all.
•You are the parent of a child or children who was/were below the age of 18 when you were prescribed the medication.
•You are not currently in mental health crisis or undergoing social care proceedings.
•You are able to participate in an hour long interview, conducted in a convenient location or over Skype.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please get in touch and we can talk it through.

The interview will be informal and participants can decide what they feel comfortable sharing. Any information that is collected during the interview is completely confidential.

If you are interested in participating, or would like to ask more questions about the study please contact me:

Sara Holloway
Trainee Clinical Psychologist
sh16aef@herts.ac.uk.

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