Who we are
This study is funded by Research Manitoba and is being conducted by researchers at the University of Manitoba and the University of Calgary. The principal investigator, Dr. Leslie Roos, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba with appointments in Psychology and Pediatrics. The BEAM app was developed through collaboration with Tactica Interactive.
What data are collected, how it is collected, and how it is used
1. App usage data: Data on app usage including time spent on the app, number of times logging into the app, and videos watched on the app for each participant will be collected.
2. Forum data: All posts and comments made within the forum will be collected as qualitative data. Posts and comments will be linked to non-identifiable participant usernames.
3. Personally identifiable information: No personally identifiable information will be collected in the app. All data will remain linked to non-identifiable participant usernames and the anonymity of users will remain protected. The BEAM app will not have access to the personal information you have on your phone, such as your contacts or text messages.
How we store the information
We value the confidentiality of BEAM participants and are committed to protecting all participant information. We have extensive technical and administrative measures in place to securely and safely protect your data.
Data from the BEAM app is stored directly on the University of Manitoba’s server in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Only study staff can access the database and all access will be tracked and documented. Data collected in this study will be securely stored for 5 years after publication of research results which is consistent with the University of Manitoba’s policy requirements. We also adhere to legislation regarding Personal Information, including The Personal Health Information Act and The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
If you have concerns, wish to learn about your rights as a participant, or share a complaint about using the BEAM app, please contact us at BEAM.email@example.com.
If you would like to receive or request data on you as a participant that we have collected, or if you have questions about this privacy statement please contact the BEAM research coordinator at BEAM.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The private online forum will include a supportive group of mothers who will move through the BEAM program with you. A Parent Coach will also be part of your community. A Parent Coach is a mother who has similar lived experience to you and who has previously completed a mental health and parenting program. They will be actively engaged and monitoring the forum each day.
By joining, we ask that all clients agree to not post the following information. Posting on these topics may be upsetting to other participants or violate University of Manitoba data agreements. Should you need to discuss any of these areas with your Clinical Coach, you are welcome to contact them via email.
PLEASE DO NOT DISCLOSE OR DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING ON THE FORUM OR DURING ZOOM CHECK-IN SESSIONS:
Personal information that could identify you to group members, including:
b. Phone number
c. Other personal/demographic information
Substance use OR Self-harm OR suicidal behaviours
a. If you are experiencing any of the following, please email your clinical coach, who will provide further support.
i. distressing suicidal thoughts, plans or are actively self-harming
ii. alcohol, marijuana, or substance use that is impacting your daily function and you are having difficulty controlling
Information relating to partner abuse
a. If you are experiencing abuse, maltreatment, or endangerment from a partner, please email your clinical coach, who will provide further support
Personal health information including:
a. Medical diagnoses
b. Test and laboratory results
c. Insurance information
d. Mental health diagnoses
Spam/advertising/self-promotion in the forums
a. These forums define spam as unsolicited advertisement for goods or services.
a. Providing or asking for information on copyrighted materials is forbidden
Offensive posts, links or images
a. Any materials that constitute defamation, harassment, or abuse
b. Material that is sexually or otherwise obscene, racist or otherwise discriminatory
Disrespectful comments towards other group members
a. All posts should be respectful and courteous.
b. Any instance threatening, harassing, or discriminatory behaviour is grounds for you to be denied access to the forum.
Posts including misinformation such as:
a. Deceptive information
b. False rumours