Can we use information from blogs to determine the mental health of the blogger community?
This study is conducted by Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales, Australia and Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics, Deakin University, Australia and we invite you to participate by following this link:
Purpose of the current study
We hope to learn whether information on blogs can provide accurate information about the mental health of communities, and individuals. We would like 100 people to participate.
Before you enter the study
Please be aware that this study is fully automated. This means that all emails will be delivered by computer programs without a human being involved, except in the design of the study. We want to be sure that you know that no-one will be able to assist with anything except the technical aspects of the study.
Description of the study and the risks
If you decide to participate, you will
• Give us permission to use your blog material for our study. The information such as text and imagery available on your blog site will be automatically examined by computerized machines to gain insight about your mental health.
• Provide an email address which does not include your full name (you can create a new one for the study if you prefer)
• Complete 9 short surveys (less than 5 minutes each) that include emotional wellbeing measures; one survey to complete straight away (at baseline) and one per fortnight for the next 16 weeks.
• Provide information on age, gender, medication use, history of anxiety and depression (5 additional items).
• Receive reminders to complete the surveys.
• At the conclusion of the 16 weeks, you will receive a $20 Amazon gift card if you attempt to complete all the surveys.
We do not believe that completing the surveys will be harmful or upsetting for participants. If, however, you find the questions distressing please discontinue. Furthermore, if you are currently feeling down, depressed, sad or anxious, we strongly encourage you to speak to someone you trust about how you are feeling. We also suggest that you see a health professional such as a General Practitioner who can help assist you with further psychological services. We also encourage you to speak to your local crisis support services that are accessible via the internet and telephone. If you are feeling particularly unsafe or that you might harm yourself, please don’t hesitate to call your local emergency services.
Black Dog Institute