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National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) Research Network

What is the purpose of the research?

The National Centre for Mental Health is trying to understand why some people experience problems with their mental health. The purpose of this study is to collect information and samples for genetic, biological, psychological and clinical research. The information and samples will be stored as part of a research tissue bank. This will allow us to look for genes and other factors which make some people more likely than others to become ill. We hope that our study will improve understanding of these conditions and help find better treatments in the future.

Who can take part?

Individuals who have experienced a mental health problem, as well as those that have not, are able to take part in our research. We are particularly interested in speaking to individuals who have experienced an eating disorder. By comparing information from people who have experienced mental health problems with information from people who have not experienced such problems, we hope to learn more about the factors which make some people more susceptible to these illnesses. Thousands of people have already taken part and we would be very grateful if you would be kind enough to help us with this study.

What does participation involve?

Participation in this study involves:

How can you take part?

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of our team please feel free to call us on 029 2068 8401.

Alternatively you can visit our website at to complete an online form or text NCMH to 66777 and one of our researchers will be in touch to give you some more information.