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GLAD study

GLAD- Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression 

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.

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

1. Register via 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


Please note: During the questionnaire you will be asked “Did you hear about the GLAD Study through any NHS Trust, GP, talking therapy service, or any other healthcare provider?”. Please select “Yes”.


You will then be asked “Please select which NHS Trust, GP, talking therapy service, or other healthcare provider you heard about the GLAD Study through?”. Please select “Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust”.                


You can access the GLAD website here.


 To take part you must meet the following criteria:

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

If you would like to take part or want more information please contact the study lead:

Study Contact: Joanne McCarthy


Tel: 02380 475943


Support available

- Samaritans: A charity who provide confidential, non-judgemental and emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress.

 - MIND: A charity who provide confidential mental health services. 

- italk: A talking therapy service. 

- NHS 111: If you feel you need urgent support to help you manage your mental health, please dial 111 and speak to one of our specialist mental health nurses. They are available 24/7.


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