This online survey will assess young people's physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hi!

Are you interested in participating in an international research study? If yes, please read the info below, and click on the link. This study was created to assess the mental health effects of the pandemic and quarantines on high school students (age 15-19) and patients in addiction treatment. There are helpful community resources on the last page of the survey.

We are the only US site selected for this international study. The survey is anonymous, I will not know, if you completed it or not. 

If you have already done, it, THANK YOU! If you have friends/family members, who are high school students or are in outpatient addiction treatment, please forward this e-mail to them. Or post the link on your Facebook/Instagram page. Your help is much appreciated! We are in this together. We need 250 more replies by the end of this week.

If you haven’t had a chance to do it, please do it today, if you can. The survey will close in a couple days! I am so worried, that we will not have enough responses.

Thank you so much for your help!!!!

Warmly, 

Dr. Meszaros

 

Tips

If you use your phone now and would like to e-mail the survey link to yourself to do it later, copy this link. We would be grateful if you could help us to reach more young people by sharing here is the link on Facebook or Instagram. 

Participation is voluntary and anonymous!

The study includes information about resources and support organizations in the community available to everyone who participates in the survey.

The results of this study can help healthcare workers, schools, social services and municipalities to get ready to help young people in crisis.

Responsible researchers

  • International research leader: Professor Nóra Kerekes, University West, Sweden, Email: nora.kerekes@hv.se

Co-Investigators in the US:  

  • Dr. Zsuzsa Szombathyne Meszaros, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; SUNY Upstate Medical University, Email: meszaroz@upstate.edu
  • Dr. Scott F. Ulberg, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; SUNY Upstate Medical University; Email: ulbergs@upstate.edu
  • Dr. Rachael Kuch-Cecconi, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow; SUNY Upstate Medical University, Email: kuchr@upstate.edu 

Mental and Somatic Health study without borders (MeSHe)

 

You are being asked to take part in an international, multi-center research study conducted at University West, Sweden and SUNY Upstate Medical University. The aim of the project is to identify culture-specific risk factors in the development of destructive behaviors, including drug use, violence, and self-harm. The study also examines changes in mental and physical health in high school students and patients with addictive behaviors, as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The results will help schools, student health-, social services, municipalities, and healthcare organizations to quickly implement relevant support measures, which can prevent the development of long-term and severe consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in adolescents and patients with addiction. 

 

 Taking part in this research is voluntary. Whether you take part is up to you.  

    - If you don't take part, it won't be held against you in any way.  

    - You can end your participation at any time without any explanation.

 

 This survey is anonymous. Your name, date of birth, phone number, address will not be collected or stored, which means that no tracking or follow-up of individuals is possible. Your data will be stored in a secure server in Sweden.  

 

You will find a link at the end of the survey with contact information for various support organizations. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Zsuzsa Szombathyne Meszaros.

Email: meszaroz@upstate.edu  

    -    Ask all the questions you want before you decide. 

It will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete this survey.  

 

Could being in this research hurt you? 

The most important risks or discomforts that you may expect from taking part in this research include loss of privacy if someone observes you while you are completing this survey. Please make sure to complete this survey on your personal computer, phone or tablet, when you are in a private place where nobody can see you. It is possible that the content of the questions makes you sad or anxious, or you may realize that you need help and support. Therefore, we included information to relevant community resources at the end of the survey. We have chosen this support to be able to maintain your anonymity and integrity.

 

Will being in this research benefit you? 

It is not expected that you will personally benefit from this research. Some participants may benefit from the list of community resources provided after completion of the survey. 

There are possible benefits to others, too, e.g. better cooperation of schools, student health-, social services, municipalities, and healthcare organizations to quickly implement relevant support measures, which could prevent the development of long-term and severe consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in adolescents and patients with addiction.

You will find a link at the end of the survey with contact information for various support organizations.  

 

    International research leader/Principal investigator: Professor Nora Kerekes, Ph.D.

    University West, Sweden, Email: nora.kerekes@hv.se

 

    Co-Investigators in the US:  

    Zsuzsa Szombathyne Meszaros, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Psychiatry; SUNY

    Upstate Medical University, Email: meszaroz@upstate.edu 

    Scott F. Ulberg, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; SUNY

    Upstate Medical University; Email: ulbergs@upstate.edu 

    Rachael Kuch-Cecconi, MD, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow; SUNY

    Upstate Medical University, Email:  kuchr@upstate.edu

 

What happens with my information?

 

You are welcome to email one of us if you have questions, concerns. The results of the study will be stored on a secure server and analyzed at University West in Trollhättan, Sweden. The research group consists of neuroscientists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, high school and university teachers, nurses, and social workers. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions!

 

Your answers in the survey will be processed so that unauthorized persons cannot access them. You are anonymous and the data submitted cannot be tracked or linked to you. All collected electronic data is stored in a secure cloud service at University West, where backups are performed regularly. The principal research site is University West, Trollhättan. Data protection representative is Arne Johansson: dataskydd@hv.se

University West, SWEDEN

Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, MOROCCO

SUNY Upstate Medical University, USA

Clinic of Neurology and Psychiatry for Children and Youth, SERBIA

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