Thank you for being a part of UK Biobank. The information you have provided so far is being used around the world by scientists for public health research.
The UK Biobank ‘Thoughts and Feelings’ questionnaire is currently being distributed by email. The results of this questionnaire will strengthen the UK Biobank resource for research into mental health. Mental health researchers are already using UK Biobank, and you can hear what one of them said at our recent Annual Meeting.
To complete the Thoughts and Feelings questionnaire, please log in to the participant website using your PID and personal details and go to the ‘Thoughts and Feelings’ questionnaire.
The questionnaire usually takes less than 20 minutes and can be completed at your convenience. If there are particular questions you would prefer not to answer, please feel free to skip these. You can complete this questionnaire on a PC or a mobile device, whatever is most convenient to you.
The responses to this questionnaire are confidential and will only be used for research purposes in accordance with your original consent. If you have concerns about any of the issues covered in the questionnaire, we have listed below potential sources of support.
Further information about the questionnaire is available by telephoning our Participant Resource Centre on 0800 0 276 276 (free from most phones) or 029 2076 5597, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and 8am-4pm Saturday. The Participant Resource Centre will also be happy to provide assistance if you have difficulty completing the questionnaire due to vision or other disabilities.
If you feel you need any further help with the issues in this questionnaire, we recommend talking it through with someone you trust, including your GP.
You can find out more about mental health and illness from MIND (www.mind.org.uk). General tips to help you cope with everyday things like money, work, and more are available from: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/ .
For support with specific issues, further information is available from:
www.thesurvivorstrust.org (sexual violence)
https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-victims (other crime and violence)
http://www.combatstress.org.uk/ (information for military veterans)
http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/bluelight/ (information for emergency service personnel)
https://www.rnli.org/aboutus/lifeguardsandbeaches/Pages/volunteer-lifeguards/support-and-advice.aspx (information for RNLI employees and volunteers).
If you are very upset or do not feel safe, please contact someone as soon as possible. The Samaritans can be contacted on Freephone 116 123, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please visit www.samaritans.org.
UK Biobank is very grateful to you for your continued support.