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6 reasons why you should take part in research

Following the launch of our new research recruitment platform, Participate, six people share why they chose to take part in mental health research.

1. Help discover new treatments for mental illness

“By taking part in research, I want to help discover new therapies, new treatments - maybe even in the future help find a cure. If my experiences can help change mental health, I want to be part of that. For me, taking part in research felt like I’m being proactive, I’m doing something to fight the stigma and to help treat the issues that are important.” - Jodie, experience of anxiety

2. Be a voice for people who can’t use theirs

 “To me, participating in mental health research means that people who have experienced these things have an opportunity to explain how it feels and influence the design of treatment therapy and intervention. It is important that people that experience mental illness have a voice.” - Christine, experience of bipolar and psychosis

3. Speak to scientists who truly understand

“The two researchers I worked with were absolutely brilliant! They were both very open, approachable and understanding about stress. Taking part in their studies had a majorly therapeutic effect, each accomplishing far more for me than years of mistreatment and misunderstanding within the NHS.” - Michael, experience of stress

4. Make sure research is grounded in real experience

“I took part in research because I feel research is how we learn, and knowledge is power. Research through experience is essential for the future. Using your experience may make a positive change for others and could influence your own wellbeing too.”- Dan, experience of OCD

5. Improve our understanding of why mental illnesses develop

"Mental health research might not be the most glamorous but we need to work together to try and understand more about mental health problems and to treat and support them. I was worried taking part was going to be timely and complicated but it was really straightforward. By getting involved in research you could help researchers develop new treatments and find out even more about mental health."- Hope, experience of anorexia

6. Recognise that you’re not alone

“I do feel like a very small cog in a very big wheel. But I know that, maybe if my little cog was removed, things wouldn't be spinning around. If a tiny little contribution can help someone else that would be enough for me. My experience is mild compared to so many others. But I do have a voice and a story to tell – and I feel a certain sense of solidarity after having taken part in research.” - Fiona, experience of anxiety

Find out about opportunities to take part in research and sign up to be the first to hear when new studies are listed: www.participate.mqmentalhealth.org  

Last updated: 25 November 2019

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