TU Paper on Intimacy Interests of People w MH Conditions

Addressing the Intimacy Interests of People with Mental Health Conditions: Acknowledging Consumer Desires, Provider Discomforts and System Denial

The Temple University Collaborative announces the availability of a new monograph focusing upon the intimacy concerns of individuals with mental health conditions.  Acknowledging that sexual intimacy is a lifelong priority for all men and women, the monograph reviews current mental health research on the topic, the issues raised by men and women with mental health conditions with regard to the barriers they face in developing satisfactory intimate lives, and the uneasiness of most community mental health practitioners in discussing intimacy and sexuality with the people they serve.  The monograph, which offers initial recommendations for the mental health community, seeks to initiate a national dialogue on these issues. You can view this document on our website, here:  http://tucollaborative.org/pdfs/Toolkits_Monographs_Guidebooks/relationships_family_friends_intimacy/intimacy.pdf


Seeking University Faculty with Mental Health Issues:

The Temple University Collaborative and Spellman College seek the participation of college and university faculty in a survey: (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/facultydisclosureproject) that aims to gather information about disclosures of mental health issues by faculty in academic settings. This is the first large scale survey that aims to gather information not only about how many faculty members experience mental health issues, but also what that experience is like and how it affects their work lives.

What the survey covers: The survey asks about topics including diagnoses, hospitalizations, relations with co-workers, and experiences of disclosure at work. We understand that some of these topics may be distressing or triggering, and we have taken great care to ensure that the survey is as safe as possible. It is completely anonymous, and participants may skip any questions they wish.

How long it takes: Pilot testers found that the survey takes about 15 minutes, although this will depend upon each participant's particular speed and how much open-ended information is included.

Further information: If you have any questions about this research project, please email us at facultydisclosureproject@gmail.com, or call Dr. Margaret Price at 404-270-5579. You may also email facultydisclosureproject@gmail.com if you'd like to take part in the interview portion of the study but would rather not fill out the survey.