What should I write about?

We are interested in hearing about your experience after a disaster. We want to know what was helpful (and unhelpful) for you. There is no one “type” of thing  (e.g. a service, a person, an attitude) in particular that we want to know about – anything you think has been helpful is welcome.

You don’t have to write about your experience of the disaster event if you don’t want to.


Why should I write the letter to myself?

There is some research to show that the way that we tell things to ourselves can be different to if we are addressing other people. We’d like to know what you would tell yourself .


Do I have to write to “me” at a particular point in time?

No, you can choose the “you” you would like to write to. It might be you at some point before the disaster, you at some point after the disaster, you in the present day, or you in the future.


Who will see the letter?

The people in the research team will be the only people who see the full letters with identifying information (e.g. your name, places you write about, other peoples name etc).


Will I get the letter back?

Until the end of the project, you can elect to have the letter sent back to you (as a scanned document by email or in the post) if you would like to keep it.

You don’t have to have the letter sent back to you.


Will I be identified in the research publications?

No. Any information that identifies your name, location, other peoples names or other obvious identifiers will be removed. You should be aware though that there may still be a chance that people who know you might be able to recognise you even if this information has been taken out.


How will the information in my letter be used?

1.     To analyse for themes about what is helpful (and unhelpful) when recovering from a disaster

2.     In papers, publications and presentations

3.     To assist with developing resources and training for people working in recovery

4.     If there are any changes to the ways that we would like to use your letters above, we would contact you to re-seek your permission. You would not have to give your permission.


Why do I have to give my contact details?

It’s important that we have your contact details so that we can:

1.     Verify that you have written the information if we need to

2.     We can follow up with you

Your contact details will never be published.


Do I have to write the letter all at once?

No. You can take your time writing the letter if that will work best for you.

Have a look at the “information and tips” sheet for more information. 


If I don't feel comfortable writing, is there a different way that I can participate?

Yes. If you would prefer not to write, but you still want to be part of the research, you can voice record your "letter" and send through the file. If this is something you'd like to do, but aren't sure how to go about it, get in touch via the contact page.


Will I be paid for my participation?

No. All participation in the research is voluntary.


I have a question that's not answered here

No problems, get in touch via the contact page and we'll do our best to answer it.