Take Part in Research on Mental Health

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AS Mental Health Awareness week takes place across the UK, Cardiff University's National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) has reiterated its call for volunteers to help with research.

The NCMH's Wales Mental Health Network is working to recruit thousands of volunteers to help advance scientific understanding of a range of mental health conditions.

So far more than 1,200 volunteers of all ages from across Wales have come forward to join the network.

NCMH director Professor Nick Craddock hopes that with mental health in the public eye this week, more people will think about joining the network.

He said: "The public's understanding of mental health issues is much more developed than it once was, and that is partially down to initiatives such as Mental Health Awareness Week.

"Hopefully this year's event will bring mental health and wellbeing to the forefront of people's minds and encourage them to get involved in a range of mental health-related causes, including our own."

Anyone who has been diagnosed with autism, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer's disease or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can join the network and help with the research.

Taking part involves a 20-30 minute meeting with a researcher in the volunteer's own home or at a local clinic to answer some questions and provide a small blood sample. …