The study will examine physical and mental symptoms such as anxiety. All questions refer to the week after the terror attacks at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station.
The survey is carried out by a research group on Mental Health and Wellbeing at the Free University of Brussels (ULB), led by Professor Reginald Deschepper. The intention is to get a better picture of the impact of terror threats so that measures can be taken in the future to limit the negative consequences on health.
People who want to participate in the study can do so via an on-line questionnaire on www.wellbeing.brussels which takes 5 – 10 minutes to fill in. The research team assures that the answers will be treated anonymously and will be used only for scientific research.
The researchers are among others interested to know how people felt during the week after the terror attacks, how the attacks affected their behavior, how many hours per day they followed news on media and to what degree they agree with the measures taken by the Belgian government.
Background data such as postcode and civil status will be collected. The survey will also enable a breakdown of responses by religious affiliation.
On its website the research group also refers to a Community Help Service (CHS) Help Line which provides a “listening ear for everyone who feels in need of emotional support”: +32 (0) 2 648 40 14
The Brussels Times (Source: Belga)