The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study, led by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Mental Health BioResource and researchers at King’s College London, in collaboration with researchers at Ulster University, University of Edinburgh, and Cardiff University, is a project set up to support studies exploring risk factors for depression and/or anxiety.

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders worldwide. In the UK, 1 in 3 people will experience symptoms during their lifetime. The GLAD Study aims to better understand depression and anxiety in order to find effective treatments and improve the lives of people experiencing these disorders.

We are pleased to announce that we have now extended recruitment to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland!

We thank you for taking part and joining the largest ever study of depression and anxiety!

There are 4 simple steps to signing up to the GLAD Study:

  1. Register for the website and read through all the pages of the information sheet here
  2. Provide consent
  3. Complete a ~30 minute questionnaire to see if you are eligible
  4. Send a saliva DNA sample through the post

Now that you are a member of the GLAD Study, you will be able to see information on the website about a number of optional questionnaires or other research studies that are being carried out. You will be able to choose to take part in these studies should you wish to.

We would like to emphasise that you can stop taking part in the GLAD Study at any time by contacting the team.

We may ask you for feedback and why you have chosen to withdraw, but you do not have to give a reason.

If you would like to review the information sheet or your consent form, please go to the My Sign Up section on the My Accounts page.

Need more information?

If you would like more information about the study, please click the “Download Info Sheet” button below to download our full Participant Information Sheet.

You can also go to our FAQ page to see some frequently asked questions about the study.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team, you can find all our contact details here. Please leave us a message via phone, email, or our “Send a Message” form and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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All data use is strictly within the terms of the Data Protection Act 2018.

Thank you for signing up with the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression Study.