Online Research

Investigating the relationship between social media use and mental health and wellbeing in young adults

Are you aged between 16-25 and have accounts on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter?

This study aims to investigate the possible relationships between social media use, self-harm/suicidal behaviour and a range of mental health and wellbeing factors. You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire, which will take approximately 20 minutes. You can complete this on any internet-enabled device in a place and time of your choosing. 

You can also choose to opt-in to a prize draw by providing your email address at the start of the questionnaire. The draw is for either £200 in shopping vouchers or an iPad mini.

If you are interested in taking part click the following link: 

If you have any further questions, or would like any further information, please email the researcher Rhiannon Leake:


Are you aged 16-25 and in Further or Higher Education?

Can you help us to learn more about attempted suicide?

Researchers at Middlesex University London would like to hear about your personal experiences of attempted suicide.  You will be making a major contribution to an under-explored area of research into suicide and suicide prevention in Further and Higher Education. 

The study aims to give a voice to those who have often felt left to process their experiences in silence and your input could help us find new and better ways of supporting students.

This study is being carried out as part of doctoral research, supported by Samaritans.

If you would like to share your views, please consider taking part in an anonymous online survey:

If you would like further details, you can find us on Twitter @VNSResearch or contact

Part of the study involves arts-based research.  At the end of the survey please let us know if you would be interested in taking part in an interview to discuss your experiences further and to make up to 3 pieces of artwork in response to your experiences.


Understanding University Students Emotions and Perceptions of Support

Are you currently studying at a U.K. University? Or have done so previously? If so, we would like to hear about your experiences!

We are currently recruiting for any individuals who are currently attending, or have previous attended, University within the U.K. This research aims to explore student emotions and thinking styles during University, as well as experiences of support networks.

If you would like to share your experiences, please consider taking part in our brief anonymous survey -

Participants will have the opportunity to enter a draw to win a £50 voucher.

If you have any further questions, or would like any further information, please email Laura Culshaw -

We do not provide a treatment service or advice for those in crisis. If you are in crisis or feeling suicidal we urge you to seek help from your GP, a key worker, or family and friends. You can also contact helpline services such as Samaritans (116 123) or, if you are in Scotland, Breathing Space (0800 83 85 87).

Please click  here for a more comprehensive list of support organisations.