We are asking you to be in a research study. You do not have to be in the study.

If you say yes, you can quit the study at any time.

Why am I being asked to be in this research study? We want to learn more about first responders’ views about mental health and seeking help for mental health problems. Findings will help us develop mental health services that first responders will be willing to use. If you qualify, you will be asked to do these things:

  • Complete a brief form with questions regarding demographics and details related to being a first responder.
  • The form will also include 4 questions about history of health problems, including medical and mental health. We will not ask for any further details and information will not be shared with other participants.
  • Next, participation will include a focus group or interview, which will be recorded.
  • You will be asked your opinions about how the job affects mental health, seeking mental health care, things that may stop you from seeking help if you needed it, and how you feel about mental health services that are currently available to first responders. You will be able to skip any question you do not want to answer.
  • We expect the entire process to last 1 ½- 2 hours.

Who will see the information about me that is collected? The head researcher and research assistant will know your name and have access to your information. Information discussed during the focus group/interview will NOT be shared with anyone that you work with, including officers or administration.

What happens if I say yes, but change my mind later? You can stop being in the study at any time.

Will I be paid? We will give you a Walmart gift card worth $25 after you complete the focus group/interview.

Will being in this study help me in any way? Being in the study may or may not help you, but may help first responders in the future.

What are the risks of being in this study? The risks for this study are no more than what happens in everyday life. We will do our best to protect your privacy. The questions could make you sad or upset.

  • If you do become distressed, you can stop participating at any time. If the researcher notices you become distressed, she may also stop participation. A list of mental health resources will also be available to you.

By law, we must release certain information to appropriate authorities if at any time during the study there is concern that child or elder abuse has possibly occurred, or you disclose a desire to harm yourself or others.

What if I have questions? Please call the head researcher of the study, Sara Jones, at 501-526-7846. You can also call the office that supervises research (UAMS Institutional Review Board) at 501-686-5667.

What should I do if I want to be in the study?

Inform the researcher that you would like to continue with the focus group or interview!


If you are actively feeling suicidal, please call 911 or the
Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255

View currently available mental health services in your area (link coming soon!).