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We are now welcoming participants from Northern Ireland.

We are excited to be working with researchers from Ulster University, led by Professor Chérie Armour.

The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study is a research project which aims to explore genetic and environmental risk factors for depression and anxiety. It is led by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Mental Health BioResource and researchers at King’s College London. This is the largest such study and following a successful campaign in England where over 20,000 people joined the study in less than four months, we are now expanding throughout the United Kingdom. We will be doing this in collaboration with researchers at Ulster University, University of Edinburgh, and Cardiff University. This innovative project will greatly add to our knowledge about depression and anxiety and provide valuable information to help improve treatments.

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.

To take part in the GLAD study, you must:

  • Have experienced clinical anxiety and/or depression during your life
  • Be aged 16 or over
  • Live in the UK

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

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

Samples collected from Scotland will be stored through the NIHR BioResource research tissue bank in the NIHR National Biosample Centre in Milton Keynes, as well as the Ulster University Facilities.