Help with our research
About the study
We are trying to understand why some people experience problems with their mental health. By comparing information from people who have experienced mental health problems with information from people who have not, we hope to learn more about the factors that may make some people more likely to become unwell than others. We hope that our study will improve the understanding of mental illness and help find better treatments in the future.If you decide to take part, we will ask you to provide us with some basic information about you and your mental health in order to help us answer these important research questions.
We also want to identify people who would be willing to be approached about taking part in further mental health research projects.
We need as many people as possible to take part – whatever your age, wherever you live, whether you’ve experienced a mental illness or not.
What will I have to do?
Taking part is voluntary: it’s up to you to choose if you want to sign up.
If you join us, you’ll be asked whether you would be willing to:
- Provide us with your contact details and some personal information (e.g. date of birth, ethnic group and employment status).
- Answer some questions about your mental and physical health and your lifestyle. This will take approximately 10-15 minutes.
- Allow us to access and use the information in your routinely collected NHS records. This is to gain further details about the kinds of symptoms and treatments you may have had. We would also like to look at your records in the future to see if there has been any change in your health.
- Allow us to contact you in the future about other studies that you may want to take part in. There will be no obligation for you to take part in these future opportunities.
- Allow us to contact you every 6-12 months, to invite you to provide more information about your mental and physical health and your lifestyle.
- Allow us to share anonymous information with other researchers providing they have scientific and ethical approval for the questions that they would like to answer.
We will use your answers, together with the information from your NHS records, to improve our understanding of mental illness and help find better treatments in the future. Once you have joined, you can choose if you want to take part in any of the questionnaires, studies, or events that we tell you about when we get in touch with you.