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mental health research needs you

No matter who you are or what your background is, your contribution to research is valuable. We at MQ want to encourage you to start exploring your volunteering journey, which is why we’re asking you to participate.

Participating is a platform that connects researchers who need volunteers to help with their research, with the right people who can help, ie you! Studies range from simple online quizzes to full individual tests so you can find the right study to fit your schedule.

Whoever you are, whatever your knowledge or experience with mental illness, you need the help you need. The researchers are looking for volunteers from all backgrounds, including people with no experience of mental health difficulties. As strange as it may sound, the study of mental health requires the participation of people who have the widest possible range of experiences, including those who have no experience at all!

By participating, you’ll be helping others and you may be helping yourself, too. Volunteering can inspire, motivate and connect us. For some participating in the study can be life changing.

“Life is still absolutely wonderful for me after studying… every time I achieve something… it always makes me think about {MQ} and the amazing change you have made in my life.” anonymous participant

Some people may have questions about participating in a research study. We want to foster trust in research, which is why we voluntarily provide access to our FAQs for research that means you’re as fully informed as you can be.

“I found the experience really helpful, which surprised me. I feel more positive and happier… I want to say a big thank you to the team and I hope others will be as satisfied as I am.”anonymous participant

Another very real concern MQ and researchers need your help to address is that certain demographics have been inadvertently and largely left out in most research so far. For example, in 2021 it was reported that the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected black and ethnic minority communities in the UK, including an impact on the mental health of those communities. And yet sadly, BAME volunteers continue to be under-represented in UK clinical trials and other forms of medical research.

Additionally a study in 2019 found that while volunteering is generally seen as a good thing, many young, disabled and BAME volunteers were less likely to have a positive experience.

Now, five years later, we want to help make volunteering a positive experience for everyone, starting with this first step.

If volunteering sounds like your thing, or if you’ve considered it before but felt unsure, then it’s time to get in touch. If you have any questions about volunteering as part of participating, please read our FAQs.

“I know I’m making a difference. If a small contribution can help someone else, that would be a lot for me.”anonymous participant

We all benefit from research only when we are all represented. This can only happen with your input.

So that’s it! A new start to a new year and a new chance for you to volunteer. If you want to contribute to research, now is the time to act. We’ve made it as quick and easy as possible to join. Simply apply through Participate Online and MQ will be there every step of your volunteering journey to assist and guide you.

Make 2023 the year you do your part in making future years mentally healthy for all.

Participate now.

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