Help with our maternal mental health research
About this study
We are trying to understand more about the causes and triggers of severe mental illness during pregnancy and following childbirth.
You are invited to take part in this research if you have had a baby, and this may or may not have been followed by an episode of mental illness.
If you decide to take part, we will ask you to provide us with some information about you, your menstrual cycle 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 and help us make a difference.
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 (e.g. address, email address and phone number) and some personal information (e.g. date of birth, ethnic group and employment status).
- Answer some questions about experiences of severe mental illness during pregnancy and following childbirth and the care and support received. This will take approximately 20-30 minutes.
- Allow us to contact you in the future about this study and 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 if they have scientific and ethical approval for the questions that they would like to answer.
We will use your answers 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.
Looking for more information first? We’ve put together the answers to some frequently asked questions.