Today I had the opportunity to speak to a member of staff at Sheffield Hallam’s wellness centre who specialises in offering therapy to students suffering with mental health issues. The interview was unstructured, I did however prepare some questions and topics of conversation before hand.
01 – Consent Form
Before we began it was important to ensure the participant understood what I was trying to do and felt comfortable with the procedures I had put in place. Once they had read through the participant information sheet they were given the opportunity to ask questions before signing the consent form.
02 – Transcript
This interview was recorded and I transcribed it later that evening. I did not make any notes during the interview as I wanted the interviewee to have my full attention and I didn’t want to miss opportunities to ask following questions. Transcribing is a lengthy process, for the sake of my blog I have edited the script to make it more readable and ensure that key points have been highlighted.
03 – Reflection
My chosen methodology was un-structured interview because I wanted it to feel relaxed and be an open conversation where I would be able to go with the flow. This method was more difficult that I initially anticipated. At times I found myself feeling nervous and lost my train of thought resulting in me becoming confused and lost. In preparation for the interview I had written down areas of interest and phrases to prompt me but, listening back to audio recording there were some missed opportunities and at times I waffled, struggling to get my point across and repeating myself. In that scenario I felt under prepared so in future alongside noting general areas of interest I will prepare questions to ensure I cover everything and have a back up in case I begin to feel out of my depth.
Going into this interview I was not sure what to expect. I didn’t think I would find anything that I had not previously read about but, the interview was extremely beneficial. I feel as though I have extracted some really interesting avenues to explore further and it has opened my eyes up allowing me to envision new ideas and uncover insights I had previously been unable to extract from secondary sources. The key themes that emerged are; SAD is very treatable in comparison to other mental illnesses, the earlier someone seeks help the easier it is manage, there are lost of treatments and it’s a case of discovering what works for you. The themes are something that I will use to develop my ideas further throughout the experimentation stage.