More People Needed to Take Part in Mental Health Research

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), May 9, 2016 | Go to article overview

More People Needed to Take Part in Mental Health Research


AS Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 begins, the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) has issued an appeal for more people in Wales to become involved with its research.

NCMH is made up of mental health experts from Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor Universities and is funded by Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales.

So far it has recruited more than 6,000 people to help understand the causes of a range of mental health problems, from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

"By understanding what causes these conditions we will have a better chance of improving diagnosis and treatment" said NCMH director Professor Ian Jones.

"Mental health problems affect around one in four people at some point in their lives, so this is something that has an impact on us all. Anyone in Wales can make a difference by giving up an hour or so of their time to help us."

Professor Jones explains that the centre needs to collect information from large numbers of people to learn why some develop problems and others do not: "It's a hugely complex area - there is no single cause, but rather a blend of factors that affect our risk of developing a mental health problem. "Everything from the genes we inherit from our parents to the events we experience in our lives plays a part. …

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