Page 1: Information Sheet

                                               Participant Information Sheet


You are invited to participate in a study exploring Mental Health Stigma in Indians. If you are of Indian origin and reside either in the United Kingdom or in India, you are eligible to participate in this study. Both people of Indian origin and Indian citizens are encouraged to participate in this study.


What is the study about?

This study aims to explore mental health stigma in Indians living in the United Kingdom and in those living in India. The researcher is interested to see if Indians’ place of residence has an effect on their mental health stigma. The researcher is also interested on how other factors such as racial identity (extent to which individuals identify with their own race or dominant race), race of therapist, and cultural value conflict (conflict between ones own culture versus dominant culture of the place) have an influence on mental health stigma in Indians.


Who is conducting the study?

The study is being conducted by Shreya Aila as a thesis project for her MSc degree at Leeds Trinity University, under the supervision of Dr Laura De Pretto, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.


What does the study involve?

This study will be conducted as an online survey where you will be asked a series of questions if you consent to participate in the study. Participants residing in the UK will be required to complete the entire survey whereas participants from India only need to fill out the first two sections.


How much time will the study take?

It should take you roughly 15-20 minutes to complete the survey.


Do I have to take participate in this study?

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you are under no obligation to participate if you are not willing to do so. Completing and submitting the survey will be viewed as your consent to participate in this study. Please note you can leave the study even after you have begun it if you do not wish to continue. You are also able to withdraw from the study up until you submit the survey.


How will the data be dealt with and who will see the results?

Your participation in this study is confidential and the researcher and supervisor will share no information about your participation. Your data collected including demographic information will be anonymised. Data collected will be stored securely in a password protected and encrypted Leeds Trinity University drive accessible only by the researcher and supervisor.  No data will be collected in a paper form. All materials relating to this study, including data, consent forms, and questionnaires will be stored on a secure server at Leeds Trinity University and will be destroyed after a period of 10 years. The data collected will be reported in an anonymised manner within an MSc thesis and may be published in a peer-reviewed journal if the findings are seen to be of academic interest.


Are there any possible benefits or risks associated with taking part in this study?

There will be no benefits of participating in this study apart from your interest and enjoyment in taking part. However, research aims to benefit the academic community and the society and it is likely that some participants may indirectly benefit from taking part in this study. No risks are associated with taking part in this study.


What if I require further information about the study or my involvement in it?

 After reading this information sheet, Shreya will be happy to discuss it with you further and answer any questions you may have. If you would like to know more information at any point or if you wish to withdraw from the study, please feel free to contact:


Shreya Aila- Researcher                       Dr Laura De Pretto- Main Supervisor


Email:           Email:


Does the study have Ethics Approval?

Ethically approved by Leeds Trinity University. 


What if I have a complaint or any concerns?

Any person with concerns or complaints about the conduct of a research study should Professor Mark Russell, Chair of the School of Social and Health Sciences Ethics Committee, Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Leeds, LS18 5HD.



Any person with concerns or complaints about data protection relating to a research study should contact the Data Protection Officer, Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Leeds, LS18 5HD.