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Sensitive study content - Help resources

Sensitive content is acceptable on Prolific but we ask researchers to provide advance warning ahead of a study. However, we understand that for some participants, it can often bring up complex feelings that need to be addressed afterward. 

If you’ve been affected by something that you’ve read or you’ve been triggered by content in a study, here are some resources for those based in the UK and the US that may help.

UK US Australia

UK suicide prevention support


Free, non-judgemental support by phone, online or letter.


Where to get help from the National Health Service if you are having suicidal thoughts, and what to do if you are worried about someone else.

Papyrus UK | Suicide Prevention Charity

A UK charity for the prevention of young suicide (under 35) in the UK.

UK Anti-Racism Support

The Red Card

The UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity.

StopHate UK

Stop Hate UK is a leading national organisation working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity.

Runnymeade Trust

The UK’s leading race equality think tank, evidence-based interventions to overcome racial inequality.

UK Bereavement Support

At A Loss


Provides one-to-one and other support to the bereaved organised through local branches - find your local branch number on the website.

BEAD Project

For those bereaved through alcohol or drugs.

UK Domestic Abuse Support


Independent charity and refuge for those experiencing domestic abuse.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Support led by women trained to assist those experiencing domestic abuse.

Victim Support

Help for those that are victims of crime; Victim Support can also help with those experiencing domestic abuse.

UK Sexual Abuse Support

Rape Crisis

For those currently in crisis and in need of immediate help.


Support for people affected by rape or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives. The Survivors Trust

National umbrella organisation for specialist rape and sexual abuse support services.

UK Addiction Support

Talk to Frank

Information and advice about drugs and addiction.


The UK’s self-exclusion scheme for gambling addiction.

Alcohol Change UK

Support for alcohol addiction and those in recovery.

UK Debt Support

Step Change

The UK's leading debt charity to get expert debt advice and fee-free debt management to help you tackle your debts.

National Debtline

Advice on managing debts, eviction support and budgeting.

Citizens Advice

Support with managing debts and organising your finances.

If you’ve come across something concerning in a study that you believe to be abusive, ethically or legally problematic, please contact our participant support team with the name of the study and researcher, and as much information as you feel able to provide: Participant Support Request Form.

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