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A team of researchers from Kings College London would like to invite you to participate in the Repeated Assessment of Mental Health in Pandemics (RAMP) study, assessing the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on mental health and wellbeing.

What is the purpose of the project?

The purpose of the project is to investigate associations between the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic and mental health and wellbeing. Previous research has shown that viral pandemics can cause significant distress and bring about or worsen existing mental health symptoms. The team are interested in how different factors associated with the pandemic are affecting the population. Completing this research may help them to identify behaviours that occur and policies that are introduced during global pandemics.

Why have I been invited to take part?

You are being invited to participate in this project because the research team  would like to recruit a wide variety of participants from all across the UK, to provide information on their physical and psychological health, both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. You are eligible to take part if you are above 16 years old and currently a resident of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland), and have access to the internet.

What will happen if I take part?

If you choose to take part, you will be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires about your life, your mental and physical health, and your wellbeing, which will take approximately 30 mins. These surveys will be sent to you every two weeks during the pandemic and with reduced frequency (once a month) once the situation becomes more stable. Questionnaires will be sent for up to six months after the lifting of social distancing restrictions.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Although there are no immediate individual benefits to taking part, you will have the unique opportunity to contribute to some innovative and valuable research which may later be used across the world. Individuals may also find it helpful to reflect on the current situation and anonymously express their feelings concerning a stressful and unprecedented global event.

What will happen to the results of the project? The results of the project will be summarised in academic research papers. Due to the nature of the topic, it is likely that the research will be used to inform government policies, both nationally and internationally. The team anticipate that published results will be available for general viewing in scientific journals both in print and online. They will inform participants if this occurs.

The research is led by Dr Katherine Young, Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London Email: katherine.s.young@kcl.ac.uk Phone: (+44) 020 7848 0865 Address: Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience – PO80, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London, United Kingdom, SE5 8AF

Please read the attached Information Sheet for more information and contact the research team on rampstudy@kcl.ac.uk if you have any questions.