Want to participate in mental health research?

CMHR has a strong consumer focus through its Depression and Anxiety Consumer Research Unit, and keeps a register of people who have experienced mental health problems and who are willing to participate in relevant research studies.

Consumer research register

If you have experienced depression or an anxiety disorder, you may be interested in participating in research projects conducted by CMHR.

Please download the Depression & Anxiety Consumer Register form (pdf, 220 KB) for more information.

Research projects at ANU

Research projects at other institutions

Listed below are details of Australian and international e-mental health research studies that are currently recruiting participants. You should always carefully read the information sheet for a project before deciding whether you would like to participate.


Landmark Project - Community Surveys

This year marks 30 years since Professor David Richmond completed his report on the need for deinstitutionalisation of care for those with psychiatric illnesses and intellectual disability. It is also marks twenty years since the Human Rights Commission report, headed by Brain Burdekin, drew national attention to the state of community mental health care and the beginnings on national mental health policy. To mark these important anniversaries, ANU is partnering with ConNetica Consulting and over twenty service providers, peak bodies and research institutions to prepare a report focussing on the journey of mental health reform, what are the results or where we are now, and what are the future priorities for reform. The report will be released prior to the September Federal Election and will aim to make mental health reform a priority in the political debate.

The Landmark Project includes a number of mechanisms to gather the views of the sector. One of these mechanisms is the conduct of community surveys of providers, consumers, carers and interested stakeholders. The surveys have been developed by the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney.

Survey links:

  1. Community review of mental health services in Australia:surveys.med.usyd.edu.au/limesurvey/index.php?sid=14293
  2. Consumers and Carers Direct Experiences of Mental Health Care in Australia: surveys.med.usyd.edu.au/limesurvey/index.php?sid=81989

Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre

Influence of genes and cognition on mood symptoms in bipolar disorder

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) and the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC) at Swinburne University are inviting participants to take part in research investigating the causes and consequences of emotion abnormalities in bipolar disorder. Participants will be required to attend two 4 hour sessions at the Alfred hospital in Melbourne to complete questionnaires, a short interview and a number of non-invasive cognitive and emotion tasks. Participants will also be reimbursed for their time and participation.

The study is also currently recruiting control participants for use as a comparison group. People who do not suffer from a mood disorder and do not have any immediate biological family members affected by a mood disorder may be eligible to participate.

For more information about what is required to be eligible for the study, please read the study advertisement (PDF, 16KB). Otherwise, please contact Ms Tamsyn Van Rheenen on 03 9076 6593 ort.rheenen@alfred.org.au for more details.


University of New South Wales & Black Dog Institute

Direct Current Stimulation as a non-medication treatment for depression

Researchers at the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, and the Black Dog Institute are investigating direct current stimulation (DCS) as a treatment for depression and potential alternative to medication and electroconvulsive therapy. Very weak currents are used to stimulate the brain. The stimulation is painless with no known serious side effects, and the person is fully awake and alert during the 20 minute treatment sessions. Participants will be required to attend the Black Dog Institute from Monday to Friday for 3 to 6 weeks usually for 30 minutes per visit.

For more information, please visit the study website atwww.blackdoginstitute.org.au/public/research/participateinourresearch/directcurrentstimulationdcs.cfm.

Updated:  20 September 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, CMHR/Page Contact:  Web Admin, CMHR