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Understanding the Social Networks of Adults 50+ with Mental Health Concerns in Rural BC

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Study Purpose
Feeling socially connected is important for our well-being. As we experience life transitions, particularly beyond the age of 50, our well-being may suffer and our social networks become more important. This study aims to gain a better understanding of the social networks of adults living in rural BC who are 50 years and older and who have mental health concerns, such as depression and anxiety (please note, a formal diagnosis is not required).

What’s Involved
You will complete an online survey, that includes general demographic and mental health questions, and questions relating to the key relationships in your social network. Here is the survey link.

The survey will take about one hour to complete. It may take more or less time (30-90 minutes) depending on how many people are in your social circle. Survey participants will have the opportunity to enter a draw for a chance to win one $150 or five $75 prizes!

Online survey

To be eligible, you must be 50 years or older and live in a rural community within BC (population less than 20,000). In addition, you must consider yourself to have a mental health concern. This may include (but is not limited to) symptoms of depression, anxiety, or problematic substance use. Please note, you do not have to have been formally diagnosed to participate.

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.