Discover How This Mental Health Advocate is Using Blocksurvey to Collect Sensitive Information with Confidence

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Written by Wilson Bright
May 3, 2023 · 7 mins read

Meet Alyson Luftig

Let me introduce you to Alyson Luftig. Alyson is a legal advocate from New York. She hopes to help others in the mental health space through her legal work.

Alyson is not only a lawyer but also a legal writer. As a result, she has to collect information from numerous sources. Like many, she uses surveys to anonymously collect data from the public for research. For example, understanding mental health among the people during pandemic.

Why Mental Health?

Mental health is an integral and essential component of health. Officials say that "There is no health, without Mental Health."

According to, in 2017, 792 million people in the entire world were going through mental health conditions. Out of them, 284 million had anxiety disorders, and a staggering 264 million were depressed.

The common symptoms seen on these people are

  • Alcohol Use
  • Drug Use
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Suicidal Behaviors

For the continuous study, advocates and researchers require data from different sources to work in these areas. Survey tools are used widely to collect data from the population. Let’s see the problem she faced during her data collection process.

Problem with Mental Health Surveys

Creating and running sensitive surveys isn't easy. It's a considerable effort. First, you have to have the right tool to help you.

Alyson was looking for a survey tool that protects the privacy of her audience, and that's how she discovered BlockSurvey as a mental health assessment tool. Before BlockSurvey, she was using Typeform to run surveys.

Data collection in the mental health space is critical and needs protection since the data collected are often personally identifiable. If this gets breached, leaked, or lands in the wrong hands, individuals may suffer severe privacy violations.

The following are examples of questions that ask for personally identifiable information.

  • Name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Address
  • Occupation
  • Income Details

And even deep personal questions, which many people would never answer if you ask them face to face.

So, as a data collector, she had to ensure that this data is encrypted.

Also, it was essential for her to maintain her privacy and anonymity while collecting data.

In 2018 a security breach in the TypeForm server exposed the sensitive data of millions of customers. Because of this, many people are reluctant to participate in providing data.

Alyson added, "People are visiting my website, but I don't know why they are not willing to fill-up the form."After searching for an end-to-end encrypted survey tool that could protect her respondents' data, she discovered BlockSurvey.

How BlockSurvey solves the problem

While surfing the internet, Alyson came across plenty of survey tools. All of them claimed they were secure and privacy-focused. But how do you know?

To determine if a survey tool is right for you, you need to know how it works. Several survey tools collect data securely from participants through SSL, but no end-to-end encryption exists. This means the platform provider gets to see your data. In addition, they are flooded with trackers. They track your audience's behavior using embedded scripts like Facebook Pixel, Google Analytics, Segment, Hotjar, and track your IP Address, browsing behavior, and even create videos of your screen surfing. Imagine how invasive and intrusive it is. So how would this make your audience share data with authenticity and honesty?

Building trust is the key to success. BlockSurvey solves this by helping mental health researchers to run surveys and assessments with end-to-end encryption. By protecting your audience's privacy and security, you can control the sensitive data you collect. BlockSurvey has no access to your data, and it is encrypted end to end with your keys. This means only you can see your data not anyone including BlockSurvey. There are no trackers, no ads. Your participants or respondents to your survey are anonymous to the platform. It is easy to use and modern, with proven privacy and security.

BlockSurvey as a Mental Health Survey Tool

BlockSurvey is the first mental health survey toolto be exclusively available for mental health counselors, therapists, researchers, advocates to collect data privately and securely.All responses collected in surveys are end-to-end encrypted and stored in decentralized storage.

You can read about how BlockSurvey works in detail. It also has predesigned templates focused on Mental Health Assessments. By this, you can just clone them and use them in a matter of a few seconds.

Want to know more about how BlockSurvey compares against competitors? Check BlockSurvey vs. Competitors.

Takeaway: Learn why you should use BlockSurvey for your Mental Health Surveys, Mental Health Assessments, and other online research needs like Alyson.

Today, Alyson uses BlockSurvey as her Mental Health Survey and Assessment tool. As a result, she is at ease in collecting sensitive data from people; this helps her focus on the data collection and research without worrying about privacy or security issues.

After using BlockSurvey for three months, here is what Alyson had to say.

"I was skeptical at first, but I can tell you now, BlockSurvey is the most advanced secure survey tool which is easy-to-use. Furthermore, since they offered me a no-time-bound trial, I could use it to see whether it's appropriate for my use-case or not.”

These are the results after using BlockSurvey for over three months.

  1. 46/100 people who visit my website complete the survey. (Earlier, it used to be 13/100)
  1. I don't have to worry about security issues anymore.
  1. It is affordable in comparison to TypeForm.

We want to thank Alyson for taking the time to share her success story with BlockSurvey. We are sure this will help many mental health researchers out there looking for a privacy-focused way to collect data for research.

At BlockSurvey, we believe privacy is a human right and it matters. We are here to serve researchers in the Mental Health space who values “privacy,” “anonymity,” “data security,” and "data ownership."

Want to create your first survey? Get started by signing up to BlockSurvey.

Finally, here is a small gift for researchers. Below is a set of mental health self-assessments created using BlockSurvey. You can make use of them for your research.

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Wilson Bright

Wilson Bright is the co-founder of BlockSurvey. He is an avid crypto enthusiast, and his vision is to make BlockSurvey a go-to infrastructure for data collection with a focus on privacy and security.