Share your story

Before you decide whether you would like to tell us your story, it is important to consider why the project is being done, and what it would involve. Please read through the following information carefully, and ask us any questions you may have.
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We want to gather the stories of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) men who are living with HIV, identify as gay or bisexual and or have recovered from mental distress. We would like to hear about your experiences relating to mental health, sexual health and sexual identity. Any information you share with us will be strictly confidential and your personal identity will be protected at all times.

Who can participate in the project?

We are interested in hearing from BAME men, over the age of 18 who are either living with HIV, have recovered from mental distress or identify as gay or bisexual.

What is the purpose of this project?

The purpose of the project is to explore the experiences of BAME men with regards to what their needs are, what keeps them well, their experiences of mental and sexual health services, and what they feel they need to maintain or improve their health and wellbeing. We want to provide a forum for men to be able to tell and share their stories and connect with the stories of others. In addition, the stories that are shared will be used to raise awareness about mental and sexual health in women from minority ethnic communities, and to make recommendation for health promotion interventions and improvements in sexual and mental health services.

What is involved?

We would like you to submit your story relating to mental health, sexual health and sexual identity.In order to feel safe and maintain your privacy you may choose to avoid using real names and exclude any details that may identify you. Please get in contact with us via email if you have any further questions on,

Do I have to participate?

Your participation is completely voluntary. Declining to take part will not influence any services you receive.

Will my story be kept confidential and anonymous?

Yes. Your story will not allow you to be identified. Your personal identity will be protected at all times. We will ensure any information that can be linked to you is removed. However if you would like to be open and use your name there will be support for you to do so.

What will happen to my information?

Stories will be submitted securely through the website to a password protected account which can only be accessed by the lead researcher. The file will then be saved onto a password-protected computer and the document will be deleted from the account. If you would like your story to be anonymous we will ensure that any information that identifies you is removed. Equally, we are happy for you to be open about your identity. Please contact us on to discuss further.

We will ask you to confirm that you feel your story is still an accurate representation of your experience. If you are happy, we would like to post your stories on the Rise partnership website

What if I want to drop out?

You have the right to withdraw at any time without giving a reason and your story will be removed from the website. This will not affect your care or your legal rights in any way.

What if I am upset by anything during or after submitting my story?

For information and support contact:

NAZ-020 8741 1879

Terrence Higgins Trust- 0808 802 1221

Samaritans-08457 90 90 90

Rape Crisis-0808 802 9999

National Domestic Violence Helpline-0808 2000 247

Positively UK 020 7713 0444

What if something goes wrong? Who can I complain to?

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