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Have you experienced racial, LGBTQ or gender discrimination from a service user or their family?

A research study is being undertaken as part of the University of York to explore the experiences of mental health practitioners who have faced an experience of discrimination from service users or their family.

The study comprises a short online national survey. All frontline mental health practitioners - doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, wellbeing coaches, support workers etc in the UK are invited to participate. The survey is open to those working in the NHS, Local Authority and Voluntary sector. It can be accessed through this link.

The term discrimination is a strong one. In roles as care providers, you might have come across or heard of incidents in which service users have expressed discriminatory attitudes towards staff. Sometimes the act of discrimination might have been subtle and not directly expressed in words. Perhaps a request to change care coordinators with no explanation offered as to why they do not want to work with you. At times the act of discrimination may be less subtle and may include verbal or physical attacks or hate speech. Some of you may have faced discrimination as a result of the SARS CoV-2/Covid -19 pandemic.

Participation in the study is completely voluntary. All survey data will be anonymous at the point of submission and kept strictly confidential.

Thank you for your participation and support.

For any questions please e-mail Neha Lamech: nl913@york.ac.uk.

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