Take part in the King’s College GLAD Study

What is the GLAD Study? 

Dorset Mind is excited to be supporting the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study. This project explores genetic risk factors in people with experience of depression and/or anxiety. It’s being led by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Mental Health BioResource, and researchers at King’s College London. They are conducting research on mental health and treatment of it.

This involves collecting psychological, biological and medical information. 

Why should you take part? 

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders globally. In the UK, 1 in 6 people have experienced depression or anxiety in the past year, with 1 in 3 experiencing symptoms during their lifetime. By better understanding these conditions, it’s possible to find effective treatments and improve the lives of those experiencing these conditions.

Psychological therapy and medication are more available than ever, however approximately only half of patients respond well to these treatments. The GLAD study is an exciting opportunity to participate in pioneering medical science that can improve the lives of future generations. We hope that through this research, we can better understand the causes of these disorders, and develop more effective treatments. 

Can you help? 

The GLAD study is looking to recruit participants who have experienced clinical anxiety and/or depression during their lives. Participants must also be aged 16 or above and live in England.  

What does it involve? 

To begin, visit gladstudy.org.uk and sign up by providing your name, phone number, email address and a password. You will receive a confirmation email and will then be required to fill in a consent form.  

Next, there’s a questionnaire to fill in that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. There are demographics questions, and questions about your emotional wellbeing, health, lifestyle, personality and experiences of depression and anxiety. After this, you are sent a specially designed collection tube to provide saliva and send back via a provided FREEPOST envelope. To find out more, visit the GLAD Study website.  

If you do take part in this important research, please mention Dorset Mind when asked how you heard about the study. In addition, if  you know someone who might be eligible to take part, please recommend the GLAD Study to them.

If we all work together, we can make a difference in mental health.