Diagnosed with mental health condition

GLAD - Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression

The world’s largest study of depression and anxiety. Part of the NIHR BioResource, to explore genetic and environment factors associated with risk for depression and anxiety disorders and to help better treatments.

Involves completing an online questionnaire and providing a postal saliva sample.

Take part if:

  • You have experienced clinical anxiety and/or depression during your life
  • Are 16 or older
  • Live in the UK

Sign up online and please select “Devon Partnership NHS Trust” when asked how you heard about the study.

For more information contact the researcher, Stacey Horne, at staceyhorne@nhs.net

PPiP2 - Prevalence Pathogenic antibodies in Psychosis

There is evidence that some cases of psychosis may be caused by a specific problem with the immune system. The immune system normally controls our ability to fight infection. If the immune system goes wrong it may cause condition called ‘autoimmune’ diseases. We can diagnose some of these diseases using blood tests.

This study aims to see how many people with psychosis may have this specific problem with their immune system. We can find out that by testing your blood sample for specific antibodies.

You can take part if you are:

  • Aged 18-70
  • Acute psychosis symptoms: lasting for at least the past two weeks, but no longer than two years

Contact faye.dunford@nhs.net for more information.

NCMH: National Centre for Mental Health

Aiming to understand why some people experience problems with their mental health.

A survey is completed and a saliva/blood sample provided.

NCMH is currently recruiting online only: https://www.ncmh.info/

Contact sian.lison@nhs.net for more information

IBPI: Parenting with Bipolar Study

Are you a parent with bipolar disorder? Your experiences might be helpful for a new research study aimed at parents with bipolar to support family wellbeing.

Visit Bipolar-Parenting-Study on the Lancaster University website to take part!

The DIAMONDS Programme

DIAMONDS is looking at Improving Outcomes and Self-management in Diabetes and Mental Illness.

Evidence suggests people with a severe mental illness:

  • Have poorer physical health
  • Shorter life expectancy by around 20 years compared with the general population
  • And are two to three times more likely to have Diabetes

Self-management (which includes taking medications, monitoring symptoms, preventing complications, and leading a healthier lifestyle) is an important part of staying well with a long-term condition. However, self-management interventions in particular are rarely offered to people with SMI because they are often excluded from research.