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Have you…

  • Been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, such as Schizophrenia?
  • Experienced childhood abuse or neglect?
  • Taken, or are currently taking, antipsychotic medication?
  • Understand and communicate well in English?

If so, you are invited to participate in a study undertaken by Orygen: The National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and the University of Melbourne. 

What is the study about?

The purpose of this study is to explore how people with psychosis and a history of childhood trauma experience antipsychotic medications.


What does participation involve?

If you chose to take part, you will be involved in one initial interview of approximately two hours, and if you like, a second follow-up interview of approximately one hour. During the initial interview you will be asked to complete two questionnaires relating to your past trauma. The session will also involve being asked questions by the researcher about your experience of taking antipsychotic medication. During the second optional interview, which will most likely occur a few months after the first interview, you will be asked to offer your opinion about the study’s initial findings. The research project has been approved by the Melbourne Health Human Research Ethics Committee. 

At the completion of each interview, participants will be offered debriefing with the researcher who is a qualified psychologist. Participants are also welcome to contact the Blue Knot Helpline (1300 657 380) in the event that additional support is necessary after taking part in the study.


Who to contact?

If you think that you may be interested in taking part in this study, or would simply like more information, you are welcome to contact Leo Kamitsis on 0411 448 276, or via email:  


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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


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