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Mental health research - Useful Links and Organisations

If you are interested in finding out more about mental health research, or looking for other opportunities to get involved there are a number of partner organisations you can contact:

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Involvement Register

It provides opportunities for both service users and carers to become involved with us in the planning and development of services. There are a wide variety of activities to get involved in, including:

  • helping to deliver training
  • sitting on interview panels
  • or by offering views and opinions at committees and groups.

Find out more about getting involved with research at the Trust by downloading their leaflets here

The NIHR and Wellcome Trust King's Clinical Research Facility is a specialist research facility within King's College Hospital which runs regular Patient and Public Involvement activities.


NIHR: National Institute for Health and Care Research

The NIHR funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people's health and wellbeing, and promotes economic growth.

The Clinical Research Network: Mental Health is funded by and part of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).

It is managed by a partnership between the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and the University of Manchester. The Clinical Research Network is a rich collaboration of academic and clinical organisations as well as user and carer networks, bringing together a wide range of skills and expertise in mental health research and service provision.

People in Research tells you about opportunities for public involvement in clinical research, and gives information about taking part in clinical trials.

It contains a database with details of research projects and research organisations looking for members of the public to get involved in their work.


The NIHR's Be Part of Research database allows people to search for research by locations and topic. 

The NIHR has a useful glossary of research terms on their website, and a more general glossary about healthcare here. 



 Find information about mental health conditions and how to get support, from the NHS website.

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Mental health research charities

MQ: Transforming Mental Health

MQ have a platform on their website to encourage people to take part in research.

You can browse the studies by location, by type (online or in person) and by mental health condition. For example, by depression, London, online

The Participate website enables those interested in taking part in mental health research studies to share their details with researchers looking for participants. We share our research opportunities on their website. 

The McPin Foundation

The McPin Foundation is a mental health research charity. They believe research is done best when it involves people with relevant personal experience that relates to the research being carried out. Visit their public involvement web pages


Understand more about research - online courses

Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research is an online course delivered over 4 weeks and is free of charge. It runs regularly and is an excellent introduction to the world of research and why it's so important for our healthcare today, and in the future. Anyone can take part and the course is available and delivered online so you can complete it at your own pace. You will learn the basics of how research is developed, who carries it out and why it's so important.

What is health research? Have you ever wondered how doctors and nurses know what treatment or care to give? It’s only through health research that healthcare professionals find new and better ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease. Today’s research is tomorrow’s treatment. On this course, you will learn how health research happens, why it matters and what to expect if you take part. You will also hear stories from people who have taken part in research; why they volunteered and the difference it made.


Other links

The European Patients' Academy hosts an online Toolbox for Medicines Research & Development, which is available to anyone who is interested in learning more about the medicines research and development (R&D) process.