Mental Health Survey

Kirsten Marko, a graduate student at the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, is conducting research into the experiences of stress, burnout and mental health in the lives of education workers.

The study will explore mental health and wellness, stress and the experience of seeking help, balancing work life and home life, and burnout among education professionals. The goal of this study is to develop an understanding of the needs, strengths and challenges faced by people who work in the education system.

All members of OSSTF/FEESO are encouraged to participate in this study by completing an online survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes. Participation is voluntary. Information regarding the research study is available on the survey website.
Survey website: https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8H9M7myuxjnLOM5

Here is Kirsten’s letter:

Introduction
My name is Kirsten Marko and I am a graduate student at the Faculty of Education at Western University. I am conducting research into the experiences of stress, burnout and mental health in the lives of teachers and other education professionals.

Purpose of the Study
The aim of the study is to explore mental health and wellness, stress and the experience of seeking help, balancing work life and home life, and burnout among teachers and education professionals. We hope to, through this project, develop an understanding of the needs, strengths and challenges faced by people who work in the education system.

Participation
If you agree to participate in this study you will be asked to complete a survey that asks questions about stress, mental health, burnout, and your quality of life. The survey is completed electronically. Using the link provided here and in the email to which this letter is attached, you can access the survey. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete.

Confidentiality
The information collected will be used for research purposes only, and neither your name nor information which could identify you will be used in any publication or presentation of the study results. Otherwise, all information collected for the study will be kept confidential.

Risks & Benefits
While there are no known risks to participating in this study, you might find that responding to questions about these topics is upsetting. You will also find, attached to the email where you found this letter, a list of mental health resources organized by geographical area and school board, which you may find useful.

Voluntary Participation
Participation in this study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate, refuse to answer any questions or withdraw from the study at any time with no effect on your employment or connections with your professional affiliations.

Publication
The results of this study are intended for publication. If you choose to complete any of the free response items, we may quote you. Your name will not be used.

Questions
If you have any questions about the conduct of this study or your rights as a research participant you may contact Dr. Susan Rodger 519-852-4175 srodger2@uwo.ca or the Office of Research Ethics, Western University at 519-661-3036 or ethics@uwo.ca

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