Frequently asked questions

Why is sexual health in people with severe mental illness important?

Positive sexual relationships are important for everyone, and like everyone else it is important for people with severe mental illness. However, sexual health is rarely discussed as part of mental health care, which means that people with severe mental illness may not be aware of where to get sexual health advice, the risk of sexually transmitted infections, contraception choices and finding relationships that are mutually respectful and free from violence and abuse.

What is the moreRESPECT trial?

The moreRESPECT trial wants to find out if sexual health information sessions with a specially trained health professional can improve the sexual health of people with a severe mental illness, and compare a group who received these sessions with a group of people who just have care as usual.

What is the intervention?

The intervention consists of three sexual health information sessions that involve talking about sexual health issues, providing information about healthy sexual activities and where to get help and advice for your sexual health.

Who is funding this study?

This study is being funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme (project number NIHR133865).

This study is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care. NIHR133865

Who can take part in the study?

People aged 16 and over with a severe mental illness who receive care from an NHS community mental health service that has agreed to be part of this study are being invited to take part.

How can I get involved in the moreRESPECT study?

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please go to the ‘Get Involved’ page and complete the form.

I am interested in keeping up to date, where can I find information about the MoreRESPECT study?

This website will be kept up to date so please check out our News page for the latest moreRESPECT newsletter. You can also keep up to date by following our twitter page.