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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Help for those that are victims of crime; Victim Support can also help with those experiencing domestic abuse.
UK Sexual Abuse Support
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
The UK's leading debt charity to get expert debt advice and fee-free debt management to help you tackle your debts.
Advice on managing debts, eviction support and budgeting.
Support with managing debts and organising your finances.
US suicide prevention support
A national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7 in the United States.
A non-profit, worldwide 24/7, anonymous chatline to help anyone in crisis via instant messaging.
Free support, by phone or online for those in crisis.
US Anti-Racism Support
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Grassroots activism for civil rights and social justice.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeks to ensure constitutional freedoms for every gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) protects immigrant children by providing legal and social services to children who have crossed the U.S. border by themselves. It strives to make sure that no child appears in court alone.
US Bereavement Support
Grief in Common
Online grief supports that cover all bereavement areas.
The Compassionate Friends
Online support groups for those grieving the loss of a child.
Online support for those bereaved through suicide.
US Domestic Abuse Support
Phone call and text support for those experiencing domestic abuse. Offers crisis help and discretion in how this is implemented.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, online resources and help for those experiencing domestic abuse.
National helpline for supporting those experiencing domestic abuse.
US Sexual Abuse Support
National sexual assault helpline, free 24/7 confidential support.
National Juman Trafficking Hotline
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, support can be found here.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
Support for victims of child sexual abuse and those worried about someone else.
US Addiction Support
A toll-free number for the specific purpose of providing confidential and anonymous information related to drug addiction, alcoholism and treatment.
American Addiction Centres
Helpful resources about addiction and treatment.
National Council on Problem Gambling
A single national access point to local resources for those seeking help for a gambling problem.
US Debt Support
America's Debt Help Organization, serving the public with thorough, accurate and accessible online information about personal finances.
Australia suicide prevention support
Suicide prevention Australia
A national network for the suicide prevention sector. A clear, collective voice for suicide prevention.
A national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Beyond Blue
Free support and resources for those in crisis.
Australia Anti-Racism Support
It Stops with Me
A national campaign that provides tools and resources to help people and organisations learn about racism and take action to create change.
Amnesty International seek to establish equality for every gender, race, and sexual orientation.
All Together Now
An organisation seeking systemic and behavioural change, producing programs that create sustainable, long-term change helping in achieve a vision of a racially equitable Australia.
Australia Bereavement Support
Online grief support that covers all bereavement areas.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.
Online support groups.
Australian grief resources
Online support for those bereaved.
Australia Domestic Abuse Support
Phone call and text support for those experiencing domestic abuse. Offers crisis help and discretion in how this is implemented. Long list of different resources and help here across timezones.
National domestic, family and sexual violence counselling, information and resource help-centre.
National resource for supporting those experiencing domestic abuse.
Australia Sexual Abuse Support
National sexual assault helpline, free 24/7 confidential support.
National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence
Huge list of resources and a directory for support in this area.
Full stop Australia
Support for victims of sexual abuse and those worried about someone else.
Australia Addiction Support
Help and support for those struggling with addiction in Australia.
Alcohol Think Again
Helpful resources about drug and alcohol addiction and treatment.
Resources and help for those struggling with addiction.
Australia Debt Support
Department of Social Services
Australia's governmental help for those in problem gambling or problematic debt situations.
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.