Do you have lived experience of a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety? Have you not taken part in a research study related to mood disorders?
If the answer is yes to both these questions then you could help NHS researchers get better at running studies into mood disorders that could make a real difference to peoples’ lives.
The NHS in Berkshire and Oxfordshire wants to hear your views through a video call discussion with other people affected by mood disorders on Friday 21 January from 2pm to 4pm. This will be about:
- What do you know about research?
- What do you think taking part in research involves?
- Why might you or others not want to take part in research?
At the moment, many people with mood disorders take part in research studies into tests and treatments such as medication and counselling. However, a lot of people with mood disorders do not take part. This means people with mood disorders are less represented and tests and treatments may not be suitable for different types of people.
You are invited to a video call discussion (sign-up form) with up to 10 people with mood disorders to give your views on research. There’s no right or wrong answer – we want to learn from your views. You don’t have to give your name or activate your camera during the session and you can contribute as little or as much as you wish, you won’t be asked to speak.
Your views will help researchers better understand why some people choose not to take part in research. For example, some may want to take part, but don’t know how. Or they may have concerns about what taking part involves. By understanding these reasons, researchers can look at what can be done to encourage more people to take part in research studies.
The two-hour session (approx) will be led by NHS mental health professionals. You don’t need to know anything about research to take part – we still want to hear your views.