GLAD study

The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study, led by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Mental Health BioResource and researchers at King’s College London, in collaboration with researchers at Ulster University, University of Edinburgh, and Cardiff University, is a project set up to support studies exploring risk factors for depression and/or anxiety.

What is this study about?

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.

The study explores how our genes and the environment influence the development of anxiety and depression in order to improve future treatment. Involvement in GLAD also involves joining the NIHR Mental Health BioResource, a central library of information about people’s health made up of genetic and clinical data.

Who can take part?

Anyone over the age of 16 who has experienced symptoms of anxiety or depression in their lifetime.

What is involved?

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

  1. Register on 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

Once you have signed up to the GLAD Study, you will be able to see information on the website about a number of optional questionnaires or other research studies that are being carried out. You will be able to choose to take part in these studies should you wish to.

You can stop taking part in the GLAD Study at any time.

How to get involved?

To access the study go online to to learn more and to sign up. Remember to say you heard about the survey through Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.