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Covid Confidential

Exploring the psychological benefits of storytelling in the trauma of COVID-19.

Take part in the Covid Confidential study

We would like to invite you to take part in a study exploring the psychological impact of telling trauma stories being conducted by Prof Paul Bennett, Dr Stephen Johnston and Dr Rachael Hunter from the University of Swansea, and Dr Alison Bacon from the University of Plymouth.

What is the purpose of the research?

This part of the study is exploring the psychological impact of telling stories about experience of coronavirus (COVID-19). 


The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has been stressful for many people, and coping with that stress can be difficult. Experiencing Long Covid symptoms may have increased this stress. Talking with family members or friends may not feel the same as usual or you may not want to burden them with your worries or concerns. You may not want formal ‘therapy’ or this may be difficult to access.  


We are therefore looking at simple ways to help people cope with any emotional difficulties they experience at this time. Psychologists have shown that talking about experiences in an uncensored and unstructured manner can be helpful. 


We are exploring whether this is also the case in the context of Long Covid.  

We would like to invite you to take part in a study, in which you securely and anonymously tell your COVID story: your experiences, emotions, concerns, fears, as well as joyous or transforming experiences in the care of people with COVID-19. In doing so, we have two purposes:


  • To identify whether this process provides some form of immediate emotional benefit
  • To develop a bank of evidence about ordinary people’s experiences, free from censorship and the need for political or social ‘correctness’.

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