Participate in Groundbreaking Research: Share Your Experience with Electroconvulsive Therapy in the SECTAFF Survey

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We are thrilled to share a significant research opportunity with those who have undergone electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

Project Name:

International online ‘Survey of people who have experienced ECT, and their family and friends’ (SECTAFF).

Survey Link:

Project Details:

This project is led by Professor John Read, a distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology known for numerous research studies and reviews on ECT.

Collaborating across borders, three ECT recipients (based in the United States, England, and Ireland) worked with three psychologists to develop the survey.

The University of East London Ethics and Integrity Sub-committee approved the survey.

Project Aims:

– Understand the impact of ECT.

– Enhance information available for individuals considering ECT and their families.

Who Can Participate:

– The survey is open to individuals worldwide who have undergone ECT or are familiar with its effects on a loved one.

– Participants must be 18 years or older.

How it Works:

The survey is completely anonymous and typically takes 30-40 minutes to complete.

Content Warnings:

This survey covers sensitive topics such as feelings or circumstances before and after electroconvulsive therapy, suicidal thoughts, and childhood abuse. If you believe these questions may upset you, not participating is perfectly okay.

Unfinished surveys will not be used.

How will my answers be used?

Survey data will contribute to healthcare insights and research articles to advance our understanding of ECT.

Financial Disclosure:

This project has no commercial funding.


For general inquiries, please contact Professor John Read at [email protected].

Concerns about Research Conduct:

If you have concerns about the research, please contact Catherine Hitchens at [email protected].

Thank you for considering participating in this important initiative. Your experiences can have a significant impact on improving our understanding of electroconvulsive therapy.


Anna is a childhood psychiatric drug and a teenage electroshock survivor. She founded Life After ECT to ensure people injured by electroconvulsive therapy have easy access to resources that can help them understand their injuries and find a path to recovery.