National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) Research Network

Posted 03/05/2017

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:

  • An initial telephone conversation with a member of our research team. We will discuss the details of the study and you will be able to ask any questions you may have. You will be asked to sign a consent form stating that you agree to take part in the study. You will be given a copy to keep along with this information sheet.
  • The researcher will complete a brief assessment with you (this takes less than 30 minutes). They will ask if you are happy to provide a small blood or saliva (spit) sample. If you do not live near to Cardiff you can still take part - the GP blood or saliva pack could be posted to your home.
  • We will provide you with a pack of questionnaires to complete in your own time, ideally within the week after the brief assessment. These will take about 30 minutes to complete. Please Note: This pack of questionnaires includes a question about your current weight.
  • With your permission, we will look at your medical records in strict confidence. This is to gain further details about the kinds of symptoms and treatments you have had. With your permission, we would also like to look at your records in the future to see if there has been any change in your health.

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.