Research Study: Mental well-being of entrepreneurs in Canada.
Principal Investigator: Fardous Hosseiny
Co-Investigators: Payal Jain and Sara Rodrigues
Purpose of the study: The purpose of this research is to explore mental health and well-being of entrepreneurs living in Canada through a survey of entrepreneurs across Canada. This study seeks to understand the landscape of mental health related well-being of entrepreneurs across industries in Canada that will allow researchers to ascertain the need for future metal health research and/or specific mental health services for entrepreneurs. The results of this study will be used towards producing research reports, recommendations presented at conferences and roundtables, conference papers and journal articles.
What you will be asked to do in the research: You will be asked to respond to a series of survey questions that allow you to describe your experience of stress related to mental health including signs, sources and impacts of stress when undertaking your entrepreneurial journey. In addition, general demographic questions and business-related questions will be asked. The survey will take approximately 15-minutes of your time.
Risks and discomforts: Some of the questions in this study may provoke mild feelings of discomfort and may urge you to think critically about your mental health, including stress and its impact on your work and life. You are free to decline to answer any questions in whole or in part. You may end your participation in the study at any time by simply exiting survey webpage, with no need for further explanation.
Benefits of the research: By participating in this study, you will have the opportunity to share your experience of signs of stress in your everyday work environment, sources of stress, and the impact of stress on your work and life. Your input will enhance our understanding of mental health and well-being within entrepreneurship and help us identify challenges, facilitators and barriers to well-being among business owners.
Voluntary participation: Your participation in the research is voluntary. You may stop participating at any time. You will not need to explain at any point in time your reasons for exiting the survey.
Withdrawal from the study: If you so decide, you may discontinue your participation in the study at any time and for any reason. Your decision to stop participating, or your refusal to answer any questions, will not affect your relationship with the researchers, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Business Development Bank of Canada, or any other group or person associated with this project. In the event you withdraw from the survey when the survey is in progress, the information you provided earlier will not be deleted due to online aggregate collection of data. However, you will always have the option to decline to answer any of the questions you are not comfortable with.
Confidentiality: The personal information of study participants will not be collected during survey. The data collected from survey will be stored for five years after the research and writing process. After the data retention period has elapsed, the electronic data will be destroyed.
Ethics Board Study Approval: ‘This study has been reviewed by Veritas Independent Review Board (IRB). If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or the Investigator’s responsibilities, you may contact the Manager of Veritas IRB 24 hours per day and 7 days per week at 514-337-0442 or toll-free at 1-866-384-4221. An IRB is a group of scientific and non-scientific individuals who perform the initial and ongoing ethical review of the research study with the subject’s rights and welfare in mind. If you have any study-related comments, complaints or concerns, you should first contact the study investigator. Please call the IRB if you need to speak to a person independent from the Investigator and the research staff, and/or if the Investigator and the research staff could not be reached.’.
Questions about the research? If you have any questions about the research in general, or your role in the study, you may contact: Payal Jain (National Research Associate) at Canadian Mental Health Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 416-646-5557 x. 2-4914.