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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, Dr David Jones from Cwm Taff Health Board, and Professor Simon Noble from Cardiff University Medical School.

What is the purpose of the research?
Living and working with COVID-19 is undoubtedly stressful, and coping with that stress can be difficult. Talking with colleagues, family members or friends may not be possible due to lockdown or not wanting to burden them with the knowledge and experiences you have had. Formal ‘therapy’ may also be unwanted and difficult to access.

We are therefore looking at simple ways to help people cope with any emotional difficulties they may experience at this time. Formal ‘clinical debriefing’ in which people talk with health care professionals about the traumas they face in work presents significant challenges. Who is there to listen? What can you say or disclose – or not disclose?

Nevertheless, there may be advantages in talking about your experiences, in an uncensored and unstructured manner – and in doing so anonymously, at a time when you feel this would be most helpful.

We are exploring whether this is, indeed, the case.


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 the experiences of people at the heart of the COVID crisis, free from censorship and the need for political or social ‘correctness’.

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