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

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We are thrilled to share an important 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 together with three psychologists to develop the survey.

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

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, it is perfectly okay not to participate.

Unfinished surveys will not be used.

What happens to my answers after finishing the survey?

You have the option to download your answers upon completing the survey.

How will my answers be used?

Survey data will contribute to healthcare insights and research articles, aiming 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 reach out to Catherine Hitchens at [email protected].

Thank you for considering participating in this important initiative. Your experiences can have a big 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.