Men required for pioneering mental health research

Posted on: Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Monash University and leading addiction support service Turning Point are looking for men to participate in pioneering research examining how to improve the needs of men who call an ambulance for a mental health or alcohol and drug issue.

Project investigator and Turning Point associate professor Belinda Lloyd said researchers were looking to recruit males over 18 who had contacted an ambulance service in the past 3 months.

Participants will be asked to talk about their experiences in an anonymous and confidential telephone call, and will be reimbursed for their time.

“We’d encourage men to contact us and let us know what their experiences were.” A/Prof Lloyd said.

“Their perspective is critical in helping us to understand how to best support men when they are most in need.”

The research is part of the ‘Beyond the Emergency’ project, and is being conducted by Monash University in partnership with ambulance services across Australia and in collaboration with Turning Point and Victoria University. Funding for the project is provided by the Movember Foundation and beyondblue.

A/Prof Lloyd said the research would play an important role in the development of a training and support program that paramedics can draw upon when responding to a mental health callout.

She said previous studies had indicated one in five ambulance callouts were mental health related.

“If we are able to assist services to support men in times of crisis and link them with relevant supports in the community, we have the opportunity to make a big difference in helping men recover.”

For more information, email bte@turningpoint.org.au or call  (03) 9412 9952. Further details about the study can also be found here.